According to CNN, the NATO leadership has many times thought about expelling Turkey from the bloc. Especially such conversations began when Ankara did not give a damn about the opinion of Washington and bought the S-400 from the Russian Federation. Apparently, NATO is now weighing all the pros and cons.
On the one hand, the exclusion of Putin’s “useful friend” Erdogan (as the authors of the publication called the Turkish president) from the alliance would solve the problem of expanding the alliance. On the other hand, this is fraught with the weakening of NATO’s positions in the strategically important region.
On our own behalf, we add that the armed forces of Turkey are considered in the alliance to be second in power and capabilities after the United States, and the loss of such an ally will weaken NATO much more than it might seem at first glance. Not to mention the resentment that Erdogan will absolutely harbor. The stakes for the alliance are very high right now.
Further – more, the authors propose to simply ignore Turkey in the person of Erdogan (as well as Hungary in the person of Orban), as well as their veto in order to achieve Washington’s goal. But won’t such ignoring become a wake-up call to other members of the bloc that at some point their interests may also be ignored, and this can hit the unity of the North Atlantic community much more strongly …
Russian President Vladimir Putin has enough allies in enough places to stop efforts by Western alliances from ignoring his ambitions, deepening the wedge between member states, which is entirely in line with his goals.