US Threatens Turkey
By Micah Halpern
Saturday October 17, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
The US warned Turkey that there will be “potential serious consequences” if they activate the S-400 Russian anti-aircraft anti-missile systems that they purchased and received.
The “consequences” will be a breakdown of relations between the United States and Turkey. It will also mean a breakdown of relations between NATO and Turkey.
Using Russian weapons is a clear violation of NATO membership. The US could recommend that NATO oust Turkey.
US State department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said that: "If confirmed, we would condemn in the strongest terms the S-400 test missile launch as incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities as a NATO ally and strategic partner of the United States."
Turkey is pushing the envelope.
The Erdogan government is flirting with Russia and Iran and they are testing the US and NATO to see how will respond and how serious the response will be. Turkey is betting that NATO will not care and that they will get the best of both NATO and Russia.
I think that Turkey is underestimating both NATO and the United States.
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