US’ messages to keep Turkey away from Russia

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As Ukraine simmers, Victoria Nuland is now highest-ranking member of U.S. Foreign Service

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Excerpts from a column by Sedat Ergin, editor-in-chief of Hürriyet

NATO comes first in the initial category where strong cooperation takes place. Nuland states that Turkey has made very important contributions to NATO’s missions in various parts of the world. Likewise, she considers economic cooperation, where the bilateral trade volume exceeds $20 billion, as a positive agenda. It places special emphasis on increasing cooperation in the energy and liquefied natural gas (LNG) field.

The U.S. State Department official includes the topics of combating terrorism and deterring the harmful influence of Russia and Iran in the Middle East among the priorities shared by the two countries. She lists Turkey’s support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia and their accession to NATO as another common ground. It is possible to conclude from this statement that the issues related to the Black Sea have brought Turkey and the United States closer.

Nuland explains that Turkey’s contribution to the security of the airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul will be “vital.” She states that with Turkey’s contribution, the U.S. and its partners will be able to maintain a strong diplomatic presence in Kabul.

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“Our interests are clear. And that is to strengthen the place of Turkey and the Turkish people with us as much as possible in the trans-Atlantic and NATO family and to prevent the deepening of cooperation and dependence, especially with Russia, in security, energy, or any field that will benefit from this. During the last administration’s term, the relationship between Turkey and Russia deepened considerably. It started in Syria and expanded into other areas. In my opinion, I cannot speak for the Turks, but what I feel is that there is some buyer [customer] regret in Ankara regarding this relationship….”