Monday 29 May 2023
Home International Russian tanks now on Turkish (NATO) south flank

Russian tanks now on Turkish (NATO) south flank

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has shown himself very understanding of the invasion during his visit to the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Casuvoglu. & #8220; I understand Turkey's legitimate concern with regard to the Syrian Kurds, but I am concerned that the Turkish offensive would overturn the victory over the terrorist group IS & #8221 ;, said Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg is concerned that the tens of thousands of captured IS terrorists will use the chaos to escape from the prisons where they have been imprisoned by the Syrian Kurds.

NATO is in an unpleasant situation. The European member states are furious because US President Donald Trump previously seemed to have given the Turks the green light in Syria, although he now comes back to that. At the same time, Turkey is an important member state of NATO, although relations with that country have been very tense lately. For example, Turkey has chosen to purchase the Russian anti-aircraft system S-400 and not an American counterpart. 

In spite of the weather, the US now refuses to deliver new F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey, even though they were ordered. President Trump is now also coming to his Turkish counterpart Erdogan with all kinds of financial and economic threats. Fanatic Republicans in American politics have apparently made it clear to Trump that he is relinquishing American influence in Europe and the Middle East to the Russians.

It has since become clear at the front that Russian units have taken positions in the area between the Syrian government army and the advancing Turkish troops. With support from Syrian rebels, the Turks are targeting Kurdish militias. Thus Kurdish militias prefer to hand over the territory they have conquered to Russians and the Syrian government army, instead of being destroyed by Turks or pro-Syrian Kurds.

As a result, in a geo-political sense, a change in power relations seems to be taking place: the United States is no longer the superpower that could possibly intervene militarily in the Middle East, but Russian President Putin has taken that place. The Russians already have their own air base in Syria, and a port on the Mediterranean Sea in southeast Turkey is getting closer.

Moreover, NATO is no longer exclusively opposed to Russians on the eastern (Polish) and northeastern (Baltic Sea) border, but now also on the southern (Turkish) outskirts of Europe.

Three days after the start of the Turkish offensive against the Kurds in Syria, 100,000 civilians had already fled in that country. That is stated in a report from the United Nations. Most people flee in cars & buses, buses, trucks or on foot from the border towns where fighting takes place to the south. A large number of them are taken care of in schools and other buildings.

They are not only afraid of the war, but also of possible atrocities by the pro-Turkish Syrian rebels who are advancing with the Turks. Many of these fighters are extreme jihadists and they have been guilty of violence against non-Muslims and other population groups in the past.

Popular

No delay or blockage for fewer crop protection agents in EU agriculture

There will be no new, comprehensive research into the possible consequences of reducing plant protection products and halving chemicals in the European...

Brussels threatens EU countries with fines for lax approach to environmental pollution

The European Commission is threatening to take six EU countries to the highest EU court because they do not do enough about soil and air pollution.

European Parliament stricter against energy waste and air pollution

The European Parliament passed by an overwhelming majority (with 486 - 132 votes) stricter rules against energy waste and air pollution. As a result, soon...

European Commission insists on processing nature restoration proposal

The European Commission is sticking to the handling of the proposals submitted last year for nature restoration and for the reduction of pesticides in...

EU warns of more cyber attacks on the introduction of 5G

In a risk analysis, the European Union warned of an increasing number of cyber attacks. This mainly concerns attacks that ...

Just in

Twitter evades EU code of conduct; harbinger of departure ?

The social media platform Twitter, owned by American billionaire Elon Musk, is leaving the European Union's voluntary code of conduct against disinformation on…

Livestock farming also under stricter EU rules against air pollution

The European Parliament's Environment Committee has further weakened the proposal to bring many more livestock farms under stricter RIE emission standards. 

Fuss about statements by Belgian Prime Minister against nature restoration

Statements by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have sparked controversy in the Belgian political system because the national Prime Minister...

Timmermans urges EU politicians to the agri negotiating table

EU Climate Commissioner Frans Timmermans has told Members of Parliament of the Agriculture Committee that he wants to sit down with the Netherlands to make it very clear...

Agriculture and environmental clubs want real change in Mercosur

An umbrella of dozens of European and South American agricultural clubs and environmental and development organizations urge the European Commission in a joint manifesto ...