The diplomat from the United States called the friendship between Turkey and Russia partly beneficial for NATO

American diplomat Daalder: Turkey’s friendship with Russia is partly beneficial for NATO

Russia’s friendship with Turkey is not only dangerous, but also partly beneficial for NATO. This opinion was shared by the President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the former Permanent Representative of the United States to the Council of the NATO Organization, diplomat Ivo Daalder, in an article for Politico.

The diplomat from the United States called the friendship between Turkey and Russia partly beneficial for NATO

The author called Recep Tayyip Erdogan one of the friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin in NATO and recalled that Erdogan refused to impose anti-Russian sanctions.

“At times, he (Erdogan – ed.) also plays a useful role in bringing together the ‘recalcitrant’ parties, as his relations with both Ukraine and Russia have already shown,” the diplomat added.

He called Turkey an ally “that is becoming increasingly difficult to live with – and almost impossible to live without.”

Daalder also added that Putin has many political friends in the Alliance besides the Turkish president.

“Erdogan is hardly the only NATO leader who has developed warm relations with Putin. Suffice it to recall former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi a few years ago or Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban today,” Daalder said.

He stressed that at the same time, Erdogan is the only leader of the North Atlantic Alliance who “purchased advanced air defense missiles from Russia instead of Western equipment that could be integrated into the NATO air defense network.”

Putin and Erdogan met in Sochi on August 5, the result of the negotiations was a joint statement, which, in particular, declared the intention to continue cooperation, wrote “News”.

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