If there is one thing that could encourage NATO and Russia to come together, it would be the fight against ISIS. However, as both parties try to exert efforts on the fight extremism, it may also be a breeding ground for another competition that could put the two against each other. Can NATO and Russia work in harmony against a bigger threat?
NATO and Russia to Fight ISIS
As the saying goes, adversaries could make peace if faced with a bigger and common enemy. The same may happen with Russia and NATO as they pledged to put in more assets against the fight with ISIS.
Russian Vladimir Putin reiterated his firm stance on the matter following a series of atrocities and casualties from ISIS attacks in different regions. Now, Russia has decided to send in the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier to deliver strikes against militants. The carrier will be Syria for a period starting October 2016 to January 2017.
“The General Staff has prepared a plan for involvement of the deck aircraft in delivering strikes on terrorist groups in the Syrian Arab Republic, where the crews will practice taking off the carrier to deliver strikes on ground targets,” TASS quoted a military-diplomatic source in Moscow.
Turkey and NATO Take on New Roles
Turkey will also join in the fight. According to Reuters, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed the country’s interest to help Russia. This comes after the president also expressed regret over what happened with Russia’s warplane in the previous year.
“We will cooperate with everyone who fights Daesh,” he said.
“We have been doing this for quite a while, and we opened Incirlik Air Base for those who want to join the active fight against Daesh.
“Why not cooperate with Russia as well on these terms? Daesh is our common enemy, and we need to fight this enemy.”
Another report from Business Insider also said that NATO leaders will most likely approve the use of AWACS surveillance aircraft to the coalition under the United States to fight the Islamic State extremist group. The alliance will most likely agree to take on a new role in the Central Mediterranean where the European Union is fighting human trafficking.