Erdogan Stockholm syndrome pleases Putin, threatens NATO

Old ABD Secretary of Defence Mark EsperFox News’te “Turkey’s Erdogan Stockholm syndrome pleases Putin, threatens NATO” He wrote an article entitled

Mark Esper, “Sometimes Erdogan is a bigger challenge to NATO than Putin” He said he was thinking.

Esper drew attention to the elections expected to take place on 14 May in Turkey, “The importance of this election for the people of this ancient land and extraordinary country is undeniable. Its importance for the future of NATO and the security of Europe is undeniable,” he said. said.


Speaking about the AKP’s President Erdogan, Esper said, “Erdogan has been ruling the country with an increasingly authoritarian trend for two decades. Now he is faced with a united opposition fighting what is probably the biggest election campaign ever.” used his statements.

Esper, Erdogan’s “he took on various roles on the international stage” stating, “During my time at the Pentagon, I sometimes thought that he was a bigger challenge to NATO than Vladimir Putin. It’s hard to say. After all, Turkey is one of the oldest, most talented and most strategic members of the alliance it joined in 1952.” he said.


Esper, “Until a few years ago, Erdogan kept the United States busy with one problem after another” drawing attention, “From threatening our ally Greece, to aggressively challenging French warships in the Mediterranean, to blocking the approval of NATO war plans in Brussels, to purchasing advanced air defense systems from Moscow – designed to defeat U.S. aircraft.” said.

Turkey’s, SwedenReferring to the veto of NATO membership, Esper said, “A few years have passed, and as the risks have grown so has the friction. Ankara is now the main obstacle to Sweden’s accession to NATO, and it is doing so in the midst of the most devastating conflict in Europe since the Second World War. This clearly pleases Moscow. a political move” used the phrase.


Esper argued that Sweden took various steps to address Turkey’s security concerns. “However, as time passed and the elections approached, Erdogan continued to raise the bar for Stockholm by adding new demands.” he said.

Esper, “There are only a few days left until the elections in Turkey. Meanwhile, while the war continues in Ukraine, allies on the front and non-NATO European countries such as Sweden are worried whether it will be their turn on Putin’s menu. At this point, there is not much to be done until the polls close on 14 May. However, from now on, the United States and its allies should demand that Ankara immediately approve Sweden’s admission to the alliance.” said.


“Erdogan has been given too much time to do the right thing” Expressed by Esper, “If he doesn’t back down, then it’s time to dramatically step up the pressure and take the necessary steps to give Stockholm the green light. Otherwise, it’s a departure message to Moscow that could encourage its operations in Ukraine and Putin’s broader ambitions in the region.” We run the risk of sending he said.

Esper, “On the other hand, the admission of Sweden to NATO will not only increase the security of this country, but also (ironically) increase the security of all other NATO allies, including Turkey.” he added.

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