Turkey Redefining External Threats

Very interesting reading today.

From Rianovosti

Turkey will strike four countries, including Russia, from its list of external security threats in a bid to revise the country’s national security strategy, national media reported on Monday.

The new national security strategy, the draft of which is to be considered at a National Security Council meeting in October, excludes Russia, Greece, Iran and Iraq from the so-called Red Book – a national security policy document – as “principal external threats,” the Milliyet daily said.

Turkey regards international terrorism and fundamentalism as its main external threats.

Ankara has been closely cooperating with the four former “security threats” in recent years and now regards them as its new partners.

Turkey’s relations with Russia have greatly improved since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Party of Justice and Development came to power in 2002.

The draft strategy highlights close bilateral economic cooperation with Russia, good potential in trade and energy, and “a shared vision of stability in the Caucasus.”

ANKARA, August 23 (RIA Novosti)

Interesting how Turkey can view Iran as no longer an external threat while claiming that it’s major worries are terrorism and fundamentalism. I could have sworn that those were both of Iran’s top exports.  Certainly Russia’s new-found business and cultural frienship with Iran played a role, but still.

In related news:

Looks like we are in for another interesting winter.

Speaking of winter. Note below the routes all the major petroleum pipelines take. remind me again why Iran needs nuclear power?


3 Responses to “Turkey Redefining External Threats”

  1. 1 ewok40k
    August 24, 2010 at 06:26

    One question – who is left on the list – and maybe added to it?
    I cant wait for the shale gas investitions to move ahead in Poland. Having your own fuel supply is good thing.
    And Iran is moving Russia – supplied fuel rods into reactors already.
    Israelis lost a helicopter in Romania while practicing for “operations in mountainous terrain”…
    “Waiting for the hammer to fall” sums up my expectations.
    We can have interesting autumn before interesting winter…

    • August 24, 2010 at 15:56

      Indeed. Indeed we can. I also hope that Poland gets going with it’s gas/shale program. The USA could also be doing that if the government would get out of the way.

      • 3 ewok40k
        August 25, 2010 at 07:23

        US already has done much in this direction, and US firms are at forefront of Poland-based search for gas. AFAIK US gas import was reduced by as much as 80% with the shale gas production increasing. At least some good news 🙂

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