CDMedia has written extensively about the aggressive nature of the neo-Ottoman regime of Turkish President Recept Erdogan and his actions in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Syrian, as well as Libyan civil war.
Now Erdogan’s aggressive and illegal oil exploration in Greek international waters is leading members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to war as a naval incident today sparked alarm in Western capitals.
During a televised news conference on Thursday Erdogan accused Greece of an ‘attack’ on one of its naval vessels escorting the exploration ship Oruç Reis.
“We have already told them that if they attack Oruç Reis, in response, there would be a heavy price to pay. And we have given the first response today,” reported Turkish state media.
France has moved ships and aircraft into the area to support Greece in its conflict with the Islamist regime, which guards NATO’s southern flank since the 1950s.
Greece’s prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own, reported The Christian Science Monitor.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted that French President Emmanuel Macron was “a true friend of Greece and also a fervent protector of European values and international law.”
Erdogan has angered North African countries as well with his actions, leading Egypt’s government to threaten direct military action if Turkey continued to support the Government of National Accord in Libyan territory with airstrikes and Sunni mercenaries sent from Syria against General Haftar’s forces in the Libyan civil war.
President Al-Sisi warned Turkey, and the extremist militias and mercenaries it backs in western Libya, not to embark on any military adventures beyond a line drawn from Sirte to Jufra. According to military experts, the Sirte-Jufra line demarcates a crucial buffer for Egyptian national security and any hostile steps beyond it would constitute aggression against Egypt, reported Ahram Online.
At a minimum Turkey’s inclusion in the NATO alliance needs to be reviewed. Yes, it is an opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to split the alliance, a long held dream of his.
However, can Western capitals trust Turkey? That is the question.
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