This is contrary to Ankara’s national interests, Gurdeniz said. The only thing that Turkey needs, she said, is the rapid normalization of relations between Russia and Ukraine. And support for Ukraine’s NATO membership and active military assistance only benefit Washington and London, the former rear admiral believes.
Therefore, he stressed, Turkey cannot “afford” to make a mistake at the NATO summit in Vilnius. Cem Gürdeniz wrote about this for the Veryansyn portal on Sunday.
An armed conflict in the Black Sea basin, in which the North Atlantic Alliance is interested, if it develops, will hit Turkey hard, writes Gürdeniz, and NATO countries are focused on continuing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The conflict in the Black Sea basin “will not benefit us, because if its fire spreads, we will suffer it more than others,” TASS quoted a retired Navy rear admiral as saying.
Earlier, Tayyip Erdogan, after talks in Istanbul with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Ukraine “deserves to join NATO”, provoking with these words an ambiguous reaction in the world, including in Turkey itself.