NATO could be in for trouble as Turkey turns to Russia following the coup attempt. Aside from dealing with Brexit, Turkey is a key NATO member, which could make it difficult for NATO.
Russia and Turkey Unite
What turned out to be a war of words and tensed military confrontations has become a partnership. Turkey and Russia are now working to speed up reconciliation and repair their relations. To support this, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg next month in light of the failed military coup against Erdogan’s administration.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said that Russia “isn’t just our close and friendly neighbor, but also a strategic partner.”
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“Today, we are here to normalize the situation and our relations as soon as possible and at an accelerated pace since they were disrupted on November 24,” Bloomberg quoted the official during his talk with his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich.
Furthermore, there is a chance for Russia and Turkey to create an alliance “two developing economies with an ideology of sovereign values as a union of the deceived against the West,” according to Alexander Baunov, a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Russia to Counter NATO
As Russia faces threats from NATO and the U.S., having a strategic relationship may offer the chance to shift the tides of the tension. Turkey, being a NATO member, could prove useful for Russia in the future, as noted by a number of analysts. However, it is not known yet up to what extent.
Nonetheless, Russia has already set up a task force to counter NATO buildup in Eastern Europe. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu confirmed the formation of the force to counterbalance NATO’s massive military buildup along Russia’s borders in Europe. Members of the force will be operating across both the western and southern borders.
“In the given conditions, we have to take commensurate reaction measures,” RT quoted Shoigu.