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AHI Urges NATO Secretary General to Address Turkey’s Behavior

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No. 31

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) sent a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to convey strong concern regarding the actions and behavior of NATO member Turkey toward fellow Alliance member countries. AHI also expressed profound disappointment with NATO’s inability to address intra-Alliance conflicts because it lacks a provision or mechanism to deal with such an issue.

In the letter, AHI President Nick Larigakis contends Turkey continues to demonstrate it is not a true and dependable NATO ally.  Larigakis cited numerous examples, including: Turkish threats directed at the United States military in Manbij, Syria, Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, Turkey’s countless violations of Greece’s sovereignty in the Aegean, and Turkish aggression toward the surveying vessel of a multinational oil company (Eni) headquartered in NATO-member Italy that was preparing to survey in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus.

“Clearly, Turkey does not share NATO’s core purpose or best interests. Numerous foreign policy and defense policy analysts and journals have called into question Turkey’s actions as a NATO ally.  It is unbecoming of a NATO member to act in the aggressive and provocative manner as it has toward fellow Alliance-member countries, United States and Greece.  We believe it is time for NATO to explore how to ease tensions and address Turkey’s intra-Alliance unproductive behavior,” Larigakis concludes.