forum. The next North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit [OTAN], Held in Brussels on June 14th, vital to the Atlantic Alliance: if Joe Biden brings a more constructive tone to the discussion, the fact remains that the organization faces provocative gestures from Russia and Turkey’s political stance , And Turkey’s political position is not only contradictory. Part, hope is equidistant from the Union and Moscow.
NATO’s cohesion is being severely tested. The June 14 summit, coupled with the EU-US summit on the second day, at least in form, compared with the past four years, European leaders will breathe a sigh of relief: the United States, while remaining firm in its own economic interests Sharing the burden within NATO will no longer adopt the impulsive mode that Donald Trump cherishes.
In addition to reaffirming the power of transatlantic relations, the main line of the Brussels summit will undoubtedly be relations with Russia. Russia’s foreign policy is based on NATO’s keen perception of “siege”. Against this delicate background, the alliance must also work to rationalize Turkey’s behavior over the past two years. Turkey has taken unilateral actions in Syria, Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean in an aggressive manner without consulting with transatlantic partners. More fundamentally, under the pretext of Washington’s refusal to share its Patriot missile technology, Turkey acquired and deployed Russia’s S-400 anti-missile system, which created an extraordinary situation within the alliance.
Of course, the Turkish political discourse surrounding this deployment is well-documented: the world has changed with the fall of the Soviet Union, and Turkey has improved its economic and military power, so it cannot be satisfied with only being associated with the transatlantic community. In other words, Ankara’s goal is to achieve Maintain equidistant positions with the United States, the European Union, Russia and China, while taking full advantage of the expected image of the Erdogan-Biden meeting during the NATO summit.
From NATO’s point of view, the reality is more complicated. First, the Turkish Air Force will be divided into two. Its conventional forces (especially its 245 F-16 fighter-bombers) are operationally linked to NATO, but its anti-missile defense system (S-400, by definition has nothing to do with NATO mechanisms) will still rely on Moscow for maintenance, and therefore , This will lead to an unsolvable problem that Russia cannot obtain data about the Allied forces.