Turkey’s plans to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system and the United States’ threats to slap sanctions on the country for its purchase underscores the rising tensions between the two NATO allies, says an American political analyst.
The Turkish government’s plan to purchase the Russian S-400 systems would give the advanced air defense shield, used by “known foes” of NATO, deep insight into the US radar-evading F-35 fighter jets arriving in increasing numbers in Europe, the top American Air Force general in Europe warns.
The NATO military alliance has helped the United States to maintain its dominance over Europe’s security and international affairs and keep the continent under its hegemony, long after the Cold War, an American analyst says.
NATO has formally invited the Republic of Macedonia, one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, to begin accession talks to join the Western military alliance, in what is seen as an attempt by NATO to extend its reach in the Balkans in open defiance of Russia.
NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond US President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defense spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions.
US President Donald Trump traded barbs with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a two-day NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday after he accused Berlin of being "captive" to Russia and demanded it immediately step up defense spending.
Javier Solana, a former secretary general of NATO, who played a central role in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program when he was the European Union’s foreign policy chief, was denied electronic authorization to enter the United States because of a visit to Iran in 2013.