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Turkey Defies Russia On Ukraine

Germany hides in the bushes.

Turkey is proving courageous over Ukraine, as the Hun cowers and quakes in Moscow’s shadow. Though, I guess there are historically worse things than a wussified Germany.

FNC: “Turkey’s support of Ukraine in the face of a possible invasion by Russia, despite recent troubles with Europe, highlights Germany’s hesitancy as tensions remain high.

NATO member states have not deployed any troops to Ukraine, but they have provided assistance in the form of lethal aid, including missiles, drones and munitions. Germany, perhaps the most vital European member of NATO with its largest economy, shocked Kyiv when it provided just 5,000 helmets for Ukrainian troops, falling well short of the 100,000 helmets and protective vests requested.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in January approved the sale of drones to Ukraine and last week clearly stated Turkey’s willingness to ‘stand by and help’ Ukraine. Erdogan also stressed that ‘Turkey continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea,’ during a meeting last week with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.” Even Crimea? That’s a pretty bold statement.

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“On the particular issue of Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine, I think Turkey’s playing a helpful role,” James Anderson, President of the Institute of World Politics and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under President Trump, told press. “They have stated quite clearly that they oppose any further Russian invasion of Ukraine. They have clearly stated their opposition to Russia’s intervention in Georgia a few years ago. Those statements are welcome.”

“Turkey has been trending in the wrong direction on certain human rights issues,” Anderson explained, “to include, you know, locking up journalists and members of the press, cracking down on civil society. That’s also a challenge.” Really? How? That’s an internal Turkish matter. It doesn’t affect the West. What does affect the West is a Russian invasion on a NATO doorstep.

“I’m coming to recognize, more and more, how correct are a lot of friends and colleagues in the Turkish Foreign Ministry,” Kemal Kirisci, a non-resident scholar with the Brookings Institution, said. “For all the abuse coming out of Erdogan’s mouth about the U.S., Europe and NATO as well, that Turkey has diligently abided by its obligations to NATO.”

Not all Germans are happy with their country’s timid attitude towards Moscow. “Putin’s goal is to split the Europeans, and then split Europe and the U.S.,” conservative German lawmaker Norbert Röttgen said. “If the impression prevails that Germany is not fully committed to a strong NATO response, he will have succeeded in paralyzing Europe and dividing the alliance.”

Bingo. The Hun is playing right into Russian hands, and not for the first time. The Turks, on the other hand, should he praised for their loyalty to Ukraine and their guts toward the Russians, especially after Biden has picked fights with Ankara over human rights. Yeah, the Turks aren’t perfect. But hey, it’s a tough neighborhood.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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