Very interesting reading today.
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:
- Russia, Turkey agree to speed up launch of energy deals – Putin
- Turkey, Russia plan to boost annual trade to $100 bln in 5 years
- Russia, Turkey sign deal on monitoring nuclear safety
- Contract on Turkey nuclear plant nearly ready – Russian deputy PM
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?