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American analyst: No other NATO country fights so much with Russia as Turkey

American analyst: No other NATO country fights so much with Russia as Turkey

ArmInfo. No other NATO country fights so much with Russia as Turkey does, says senior researcher at Atlantic Council Center, former OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Matthew Bryza.

"I do not think that even strategic changes in Turkey's foreign policy can lead to Turkey's withdrawal from NATO." Turkish strategists understand very well what Turkey's membership in NATO means for Turkey's security and vice versa. "Turkey's concept of identity is extremely complex: the European-Balkan, partially Caucasian and the Central Asian, partially Black Sea and mostly Anatolian and Middle Eastern, but it has nothing to do with Russia, in this sense it is very difficult to say how these processes will affect the South Caucasus, including Armenia, "- the statement yl it is the first information.

"The relations between the US and Turkey have long been in decline: the starting point for their deterioration can be considered March 1, 2003, when the Turkish parliament rejected the US request for troops to Iraq from the territory of Turkey .The current tensions between the two countries are serious and deeply rooted , But their reason is the concrete decisions taken by the two governments for security reasons, and not a "clash of civilizations," he said.

According to Bryza's estimates, Turkish-Russian relations deepen, relations that were restored before the incident in November 2015, when the Russian military aircraft were shot down on the Turkish-Syrian border of the Turkish Air Force. Turkey's cooperation with Russia, in his view, is in a sense a tactical step, a maneuver to create a wider field of influence on the US and the EU.

On the other hand, he does not rule out their transformation into a much more serious relationship, since Turkey is now working with both Russia and Iran to create security zones in Syria within the framework of the "Astana Process", in which the US and the EU do not participate.

"At the same time, Turkey's attempts to establish deeper relations with Russia only aggravated Turkey's relations with the US and the EU, and although NATO leaders did not approve Turkey's decision to buy S- 400 air defense systems from Russia, they are not against cooperation between Ankara and Moscow, which can to contribute to the fight against terrorism and instability that arose as a result of the civil war in Syria, "the analyst is convinced.

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