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ref:topbtw-3346.html/ 31 Maggio 2022/A


For NATO, Turkey Is a Disruptive Ally

Il solito ricatto del solito bandito - La solita manfrina

Notizia ignorata in Italia e che non potrete leggere sui mezzi di disinformazione di massa...

Come al solito la mentalità del ricatto..

by Michael Crowley and Steven Erlanger

WASHINGTON - When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey threatened this month to block NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, Western officials were exasperated - but not shocked.

Within an alliance that operates by consensus, the Turkish strongman has come to be seen as something of a stickup artist.

In 2009, he blocked the appointment of a new NATO chief from Denmark, complaining that the country was too tolerant of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and too sympathetic to "Kurdish terrorists" based in Turkey.

It took hours of cajoling by Western leaders, and a face-to-face promise from President Barack Obama that NATO would appoint a Turk to a leadership position, to satisfy Mr. Erdogan.

After a rupture in relations between Turkey and Israel the next year, Mr. Erdogan prevented the alliance from working with the Jewish state for six years.

A few years later, Mr. Erdogan delayed for months a NATO plan to fortify Eastern European countries against Russia, again citing Kurdish militants and demanding that the alliance declare ones operating in Syria to be terrorists.

In 2020, Mr. Erdogan sent a gas-exploration ship backed by fighter jets close to Greek waters, causing France to send ships in support of Greece, also a NATO member.

Now the Turkish leader is back in the role of obstructionist and is once again invoking the Kurds, as he charges that Sweden and Finland sympathize with the Kurdish militants he has made his main enemy.

"These countries have almost become guesthouses for terrorist organizations," he said this month.

"It is not possible for us to be in favor."

Mr. Erdogan's stance is a reminder of a long-festering problem for NATO, which currently has 30 members.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine may have given the alliance a new sense of mission, but NATO must still contend with an authoritarian leader willing to use his leverage to gain political points at home by blocking consensus - at least for a time.

It is a situation that plays to the advantage of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who has grown friendlier with Mr. Erdogan in recent years.

For the Russian leader, the rejection of Swedish and Finnish admission into NATO would be a significant victory.

The quandary would be simpler were it not for Turkey's importance to the alliance.

The country joined NATO in 1952 after aligning with the West against the Soviet Union;
Turkey gives the alliance a crucial strategic position at the intersection of Europe and Asia, astride both the Middle East and the Black Sea.

It hosts a major U.S. air base where American nuclear weapons are stored, and Mr. Erdogan has blocked Russian warships headed toward Ukraine.

But under Mr. Erdogan, Turkey has increasingly become a problem to be managed.

As prime minister and then as president, he has tilted his country away from Europe while practicing an authoritarian and populist brand of Islamist politics, especially since a failed coup attempt in 2016.

He has purchased an advanced missile system from Russia that NATO officials call a threat to their integrated defense systems, and in 2019 he mounted a military incursion to battle Kurds in northern Syria who were aiding the fight against the Islamic State with U.S. support.

"In my four years there, it was quite often 27 against one," said Ivo H. Daalder, a U.S. ambassador to NATO during the Obama administration, when the alliance had 28 members.

Mr. Erdogan's objections to the membership of Sweden and Finland have even renewed questions about whether NATO might be better off without Turkey.

An opinion essay this month that was co-written by Joseph I. Lieberman, a former independent U.S. senator from Connecticut, argued that Mr. Erdogan's Turkey would flunk the alliance's standards for democratic governance in prospective new member states.

The essay, published by The Wall Street Journal, warned that Ankara's policies, including a coziness with Mr. Putin, had undermined NATO's interests and that the alliance should explore ways of ejecting Turkey.

"Turkey is a member of NATO, but under Mr. Erdogan it no longer subscribes to the values that underpin this great alliance," wrote Mr. Lieberman and Mark D. Wallace, the chief executive of the Turkish Democracy Project, a group critical of Mr. Erdogan.

Some members of Congress have said as much.

"Turkey under Erdogan should not and cannot be seen as an ally," Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said after Turkey's 2019 incursion into Syria.

But NATO is a military alliance, and Turkey, with the second-largest army in the organization, an advanced defense industry and its crucial geographic position, plays a vital role.

Western officials say that Turkey would only cause more problems as a resentful NATO outsider - and one that could align itself more closely with Russia.

"Turkey has undermined its own image," said Alper Coskun, a former Turkish diplomat who is now a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

But, he added, "it is still a critical member of the alliance."

Once again, the question is what will mollify Mr. Erdogan and ensure his support for admitting Sweden and Finland.

President Biden underscored U.S. support for the move when he hosted the two nations' leaders at the White House this month and praised a larger NATO as a check against Russian power.

"Biden took an extremely exposed, high-visibility position by inviting them to Washington," said James F. Jeffrey, a U.S. ambassador to Turkey during the Obama administration.

Most analysts believe that Mr. Erdogan will not ultimately block the accession of Sweden and Finland, but that he wants to highlight Turkey's own security concerns and make domestic political gains before elections in his country next year.

Mr. Erdogan is mainly concerned with Sweden's longtime support for the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or P.K.K., which seeks an independent Kurdish state on territory partly within Turkey's borders.

The P.K.K., which has attacked nonmilitary targets and killed civilians in Turkey, is outlawed in that country and is designated by both the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organization, although some governments, including Sweden, view it more sympathetically as a Kurdish nationalist movement.

The United States has also backed its affiliated fighters in Syria, the Y.P.G., or People's Protection Units, who helped to battle the Islamic State and whom Mr. Erdogan attacked in his 2019 incursion into the country.

The Turkish president wants the Y.P.G. to be designated as a terrorist group as well.

Mr. Erdogan accuses both Finland and Sweden of harboring followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in U.S. exile, whom he blames for the 2016 coup.

Turkey is requesting the extradition of roughly 35 people it says are involved with Kurdish separatists or Mr. Gulen.

Mr. Erdogan also objects to Swedish and Finnish arms embargoes against his country, which were imposed after the 2019 incursion into Syria.

Sweden is already discussing lifting the embargo given current events in Ukraine.

Some analysts say that Mr. Erdogan's government views the P.K.K. much the way Washington saw Al Qaeda 20 years ago, and that the West cannot dismiss the concerns if it hopes to do business with Turkey.

Biden administration officials downplay the standoff and expect Mr. Erdogan to reach a compromise with Finland and Sweden.

Turkish officials met in Ankara with Finnish and Swedish counterparts for several hours last week.

Julianne Smith, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, said in an interview that
"this appears to be an issue that they have with Sweden and Finland, so we'll leave it in their hands."

She added that the United States would provide assistance if needed.

Appearing with Finland's foreign minister in Washington on Friday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said he was "confident that we will work through this process swiftly, and that things will move forward with both countries."

Emre Peker, a London-based director for Europe at the Eurasia Group, a private consulting firm, said that he did not believe that Mr. Erdogan was seeking concessions from Washington.

He expressed confidence that Turkey could work out an agreement with Sweden and Finland with the mediation of the NATO secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg.

Mr. Erdogan's main priorities are getting his country's security concerns about Kurdish separatists heard and getting the arms embargoes lifted, Mr. Peker said.

Some American analysts are skeptical. Eric S. Edelman, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Finland, warned that Mr. Erdogan could be seeking to curry favor with Mr. Putin - or at least ease the anger in Moscow over the sale of lethal drones to Ukraine's military by a private Turkish company.

"He has this very complicated relationship with Putin that he has to maintain,"
Mr. Edelman said. "This is a good way of throwing a little bone to Putin - 'I'm still useful to you.'"

Others believe the Turkish leader wants a payoff from Washington.

Mr. Erdogan is angry that the United States denied Turkey access to the F-35 stealth fighter after his 2017 purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system.

Turkey is now lobbying instead to buy enhanced F-16 fighters but has met stiff resistance in Congress from the likes of Mr. Menendez.

Mr. Erdogan may also be seeking presidential attention.

He had a friendly rapport with President Donald J. Trump, but Mr. Biden has kept his distance.

"This is a man who needs to be at center stage," said Mr. Daalder, the former U.S. ambassador to NATO.

"This is a way to say: 'Hey, I'm still here. You need to pay attention to my issues.'"

Mr. Peker believes that an agreement can be negotiated between Turkey and the Nordic countries before a NATO summit in Madrid next month, which would allow for the accession protocols to be signed there.

More likely, some analysts say, Mr. Biden will have to make a nod toward Mr. Erdogan in Madrid to clinch his assent, as Mr. Obama had to do at a NATO summit in 2009 to secure the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as secretary-general.

At a talk hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations last week, Representative Adam Smith, Democrat of Washington and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, suggested that the stakes of Swedish and Finnish membership were great enough to warrant direct U.S. involvement.

"We need to sit down and we need to cut a deal," Mr. Smith said.
"And we need to get aggressive about it, like now."



Per tranquillità si fa da solo il suo golpe.
Con l'occasione ammazza, mette in galera, fa scappare chi non la pensa come lui, chi non è della sua idea di un nuovo grande impero ottomano, ovviamente 100% islamico.

Pensa sempre di prendersi qualche isoletta Greca, e pure tutta Cipro, un suo vecchio passatempo, e poi di farsi un bel corridoio marittimo fra Turchia e Libia..

Una sua autostrada del mare tutta personale.

Il contrabbandiere guadagna con l'embargo con l'Iran e la Russia, il furbacchione si fa dare una montagna di milioni di euro dalla Merkel per trattenersi i "migranti" in Turchia..

Ed ora gioca all'ennesimo ricatto con la NATO.. con la scusa di Ragup Zarakolu

Ed ogni tanto esercita il suo diritto di veto..
Ma bisogna capire, comprendere - ma non per questo assecondare - chi ha un precario corredo genetico, perché non ne ha alcuna colpa..


Il termine veto, dal latino che significa vietare, proibire, interdire, indica un atto formale con il quale un'autorità investita di tale potere è in grado di bloccare, temporaneamente o definitivamente, una deliberazione amministrativa, legislativa o politica emessa da un'altra autorità..

Ma però..

Il diritto di veto non dovrebbe potersi applicare quando la motivazione del veto contrasta con lo spirito generale e fondante della associazione/consesso/ istituzione ove viene applicato.

Basterebbe mettere ai voti se la motivazione espressa per avvalersi del diritto di veto è considerata valida e conforme allo spirito dell'istituzione ove il veto viene posto, oppure no.

Se i membri con diritto di voto giudicano la motivazione valida, allora il diritto di veto ha valore, se invece i membri con diritto di voto giudicano la motivazione addotta non valida allora il diritto di voto non ha più valore..

Insomma se i membri della NATO giudicano la motivazione addotta dalla Turchia per esercitare il diritto di veto all'ingresso di Finlandia e di Svezia essere valida, allora il veto della Turchia è valido.

Se viceversa i membri della NATO giudicano la motivazione addotta dalla Turchia contraria allo spirito fondante della NATO e che costituisce il legame fra suoi membri , ecco che allora il veto Turco non ha nessun valore.

Perché il veto non può e non deve inficiare lo spirito fondante delle istituzioni ove esso è stato previsto.

Insomma la motivazione del veto deve essere approvata dalla maggioranza dei membri della istituzione che ha previsto tale possibilità.

( Redazione - G.C. )


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