Earlier this year, Turkish President Erdogan accepted the conveyance of Russian S-400 missiles as his relationship with Vladimir Putin began to swell increasingly friendly. This sparked fear from NATO, of which Turkey is a associate, because it provided Moscow with the opportunity to gather intelligence on weapons second-hand by European and North American nations, including the UK and US. Russian S-400 guided missiles would now have the opportunity to examine the F-35 fighter jet that forms a critical part of NATO’s arsenal.
Jim Townsend worked in the Barack Obama authority as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, and is now a higher- ranking fellow in the CNAS (Center for a New American Security) Transatlantic Security Order of the day.
He says that Moscow and Ankara have colluded to serve each others’ arouses.
Mr Townsend told Express.co.uk: “The threat that Turkey poses is an internal one, where the pact has to figure out ‘what do you do with an ally who is beginning to act not in the best interest of the unity?’
“The S-400 example is something were Erdogan feels his interests are wiser suited to working with Putin, and getting the S-400 to work with Moscow.
“The Turks and the Russians are exercising each other for their own ends, that’s what we are seeing materialize here.”
Mr Townsend believes Erdogan tried to attain weapons from both NATO and Russia simultaneously, in the face the two being rivals since most of Eastern Europe was introduced to the organisation in the 1990’s and break of dawn 2000’s.
“Erdogan also underestimated the US, he felt he could manipulate Trump, who is a superintendent manipulator himself, to then get both the S-400 and the F-35’s.”
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