Turkey used to be a reliable NATO member and ally of Israel. But the Islamist government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey far away from all of that. Turkey prolonged the Iraq war by not allowing US troops to move in through Turkish territory or use Turkish bases. Turkey has also agitated against Israel and in favor of the Palestinians over the past few years.
Today, one of Erdogan’s closest advisers is signalling that the West is about to lose one of its most strategic allies.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief economic advisor Yiğit Bulut has claimed that Turkey will no longer need Europe, stating that the “new West” solely comprises the US.
Writing for the pro-government Star daily, Bulut said: “I’ll state it in clear terms: In the new equation, the new West for Turkey means only the US. We no longer need Europe and its material and moral affiliates which may become a burden on us.”
Bulut maintained that under the new world order, Europe will no longer be a relevant power, predicting that Turkey will cut off its relations with Europe at once.
According to Erdoğan’s aide, the new world will be shaped by the US and the axes of Turkey-Russia-Eurasia-the Middle East and China-India-Iran.
Get that? Turkey is switching sides.