Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, Tuesday, that his country follows a principle in its relations with abroad, which is profit and loss, with regard to relations with NATO countries.
“We act according to profit and loss in our relations, and at the same time we establish new partnerships that suit our needs,” Erdogan said, according to Anadolu Agency.
The Turkish president expressed his dismay at the allies’ “hostile” stances, and at the allies’ support for Turkey’s enemies, as he put it.
Turkey accuses the United States of supporting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara classifies as a terrorist entity, and of providing them with weapons.
Turkey also accuses the United States of flooding Greece with American bases, making it follow a hostile policy against it.
Turkey refuses to join Western sanctions against Russia, and maintains a balanced relationship with it, while Turkish companies have established an economic partnership with their Russian counterparts, which angered the United States.
Turkey prevented Finland and Sweden from joining NATO, under the pretext of Helsinki and Stockholm’s long-term support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Ankara considers a serious threat to its national security.
On May 18, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO, abandoning decades of neutrality.
Turkey later announced its condition for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, which is to take a tough stance against the PKK.
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