Turkey’s relations with Russia do not substitute the existing partnership with NATO

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Amid claims that Turkey shifting its axis from the West and NATO towards Russia, Defense Minister Fikri Işık has said Turkey’s efforts to enhance relations with its Black Sea neighbor did not represent an alternative path to the country’s existing partnership with NATO. Speaking on the third day of the Ambassadors Conference in Ankara, the Defense Minister further criticized NATO’s stance against Turkey. He said “Turkey’s developing relations with Russia does not mean a weakening of relations with NATO”. “Turkey is one of the most important members of NATO, and has its second largest army. Turkey is devoted to all the conditions that are required by the alliance,” Işık added. He also criticized NATO for not hearing Turkey’s calls and urged it to fulfill the pledges made to the country. He drew attention to the lack of cooperation between the coalition states in the fight against Daesh, while noting that NATO was yet to fulfill pledges made over the southeast of Turkey in regards to counterterrorism operations. “In an effort to curb Turkey’s ability to affect regional developments, the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) has emerged against us.”
Finally, he also focused on the ongoing U.S. support for the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD): “We will continue to say that the PYD is a terror organization and that it is not legitimate to cooperate with them in the region. We hope Trump and his administration to take over on Jan. 20 will hear Turkey’s calls and refrain from making the same mistake.”

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