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US “Shocked” As Erdogan Waters Down NATO Statements Criticising Russia, Belarus

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US “Shocked” As Erdogan Waters Down NATO Statements Criticising Russia, Belarus
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Turkey’s persistent watering down of anti-Russian language leaves NATO in bind

Turkey’s persistent watering down of anti-Russian language leaves NATO in bind

Turkey has repeatedly softened language in NATO statements condemning Russia, part of a broader pattern of muscle-flexing obstructionism within the Western security pact, and of fellow NATO members rolling over, diplomatic sources with knowledge of the dynamic have told Al-Monitor.

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Terry R
Terry R
June 7, 2021

This week Ukraine found out that NATO did not support the granting of a Membership Action Plan for itself and Georgia. The reason given by NATO? “We are an organization of 30 nations working by consensus. So before moving to one decision, we need to have consensus, and today we don’t have consensus on this one,” said NATO deputy secretary general. The likelihood is that it was Hungary preventing the consensus as it had previously done so because of the Ukrainian Language Law. However Turkey may have also weighed in. Ukraine was already miffed at not being invited to the… Read more »

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Reply to  Terry R
June 8, 2021

That’s the reason NATO gave, consensus? How about by its own rules, that it cannot accept a nation with contested borders?

NATO is a very slimy creature indeed.

Terry R
Terry R
Reply to  Ha...
June 8, 2021

You mean like the IMF rules which prevented it lending to any country which had defaulted on another government? When push came to shove , it mattered little that Ukraine had defaulted to the tune of $US 3 billion to Russia.

NATO would likely overlook its own rules if the member countries allowed it.

I do mean, indeed
I do mean, indeed
Reply to  Terry R
June 8, 2021

There needs to be a true ‘cancel culture’ to cancel such disingenuous organizations as these.

Truth be told.....
Truth be told.....
Reply to  I do mean, indeed
June 8, 2021

USNATO, IMF, OPCW, OAS, prob OSCE, NGOs, on and on.
Offensive weapons of war, shrouded in thin veils of fluff.

Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer
Reply to  Terry R
June 8, 2021

The IMF just learns in Ukraine that Ukraine has no problem in defaulting on its debt as well. The top honcho has already left after trying to fight ukrainian “corruption” which is the only thing that keeps the country running anyway.

Mondo Cane
Mondo Cane
Reply to  Terry R
June 8, 2021

I think Germany may have slipped a nay in as well. After all, who better to understand the domestic consequences of a nation’s nazification than they?

Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer
Reply to  Terry R
June 8, 2021

Ukraine in NATO ? Now that would be funny if the Z-clown started talking russian like he always does half of the time. Maybe Stoltenberg would have to learn russian then, too. And the russians would surely like to get all the information of the inner NATO circle which they surely would if Ukraine became a member.

I mean these guys are dumb. But maybe not that dumb.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
June 7, 2021

Than you, Alexander. I share your admiration for Erdogan’s standing up to Nato, and I would also like to see more European countries get a backbone and do the same. The sooner that US control over Europe ends the better it will be.

Saakashitsky Redux
Saakashitsky Redux
June 8, 2021

Here’s another shocker for the US:

“Zelensky accuses America of paying for NS2 pipeline with Ukrainian lives”
In other words, America. “Give us what we want or we’ll never stop bombarding and killing civilians in Donbass with the munitions you gave us. And anyway, even with all that renewed killing, if we succeeded in baiting the Russians into stepping over the line into Donbass, we’re not so sure now that you’d go to war for us. Your promises mean nothing.”

What a cheeky btard that Zelensky is.

Never Forgive, Never Forget
Never Forgive, Never Forget
Reply to  Saakashitsky Redux
June 8, 2021

“how many Ukrainian lives does the relationship between the United States and Germany cost?”

Don’t know Z. You tell us, you’re the grim reaper at their checkout counter.

Last edited 3 months ago by Never Forgive, Never Forget
Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer
Reply to  Saakashitsky Redux
June 8, 2021

That’s just a clown in panic mode. Nothing to see here. Move on. Maybe it will be Iceland for him now since the russians already populate the arctic. Maybe he can get a TV show on icelandic TV.

Helga I. Fellay
Helga I. Fellay
June 8, 2021
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Thank you, Alexander, for that great commentary. You are spot on, it couldn’t agree more. While I am no fan of Erdogan, he is one of the very few political leaders left who is not afraid to take a stand for what he believes is right. And on this issue, he couldn’t be more correct. I am sure the Turkish people must be proud of him on this.

Karl
Karl
June 8, 2021
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I appreciate the stand of Erdogan within NATO. NATO is just one more western organization creating tensions where European states could establish diplomatic cooperation with their neighbors, especially with Russia ! Russia has proven over and over again for an interest of good neighboring relations. US hysterical behaviour against Russia is expressed by this insignificant Stoltenberg and the NATO staff. Germany could learn from the position of Erdogan how to stay strong within NATO and say no to the anti-Russian hysteria. But at the same time I condemn Erdogans criminal actions in Syria.

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