Is Turkey still part of NATO? For some time Turkey, under the rule of Erdogan has either not cooperated fully with other NATO countries or has acted in outright defiance of NATO’s priorities and interest. From not sharing information and operating together to drifting away from NATO’s principles of democracy as much as defense Turkey has been drifting away from the NATO alliance. Now it has capitulated to the Kremlin.
It seems that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an offer he couldn’t refuse. Turkey has been keen to please its new Russian Godfather after Russia turned the screws economically and militarily on NATO’s southern flank. Putin militarized Armenia on Turkey’s border with the Caucasus and shut off Turkish imports.
After apologizing profusely and kissing Putin’s ring, Turkey now says that Russia can use its famous Incirlik air base, a significant facility in NATO’s southern flank.
The statement came from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during his interview with TRT channel. The top diplomat has acknowledged that Moscow might be given the green light to use Turkey’s Incirlik air base to engage Islamic State targets in Syria. As of now, Russian aircraft make their sorties from Khmeimim air base in Syria’s Latakia province, RT reports. WashingtonTimes