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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Erdogan: NATO has turned the Black sea into a “Russian lake”


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized NATO for the low military activity in the Black sea. In his opinion, because of the inaction of the Alliance of the black sea water area is transformed into an “internal lake of Russia”.


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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

His anxieties Erdogan shared with the heads of the General staffs of the Balkan countries during his speech in Istanbul. The Turkish leader said that he hopes for specific results of the NATO summit, which will take place on 8-9 July in Warsaw, RIA Novosti reported.

“We need to make the Black sea a sea of stability. I spoke to the Secretary-General of NATO in the Black sea you there, so it was almost a Russian lake,” complained Erdogan. “If we don’t act, history will not forgive us”, — said the President of Turkey.

Erdogan also touched on the issue of NATO membership of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. According to him, this issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible — for the sake of security and stability in the region.

Of the need to strengthen the Eastern flank of the Alliance is convinced and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. He confirmed his participation in the July NATO summit in Warsaw, said Advisor to the President on international Affairs Krzysztof Mersky.

“NATO needs to act together, in Warsaw it is necessary to emphasize the importance of the unity of the Alliance, all allies collectively responded to the new threat, which came from the East,” said Merski. At the same time, he said that no one is interested in isolation of Russia, stressing that the dialogue with Moscow should be conducted from a position of “unity and strength”.

In January 2016, the media reported that the Romanian military started negotiations with NATO on the establishment of the Black sea fleet of the Alliance. In Bucharest believe that enter the group may ships USA, Germany, Italy and Turkey. According to the Montreux Convention, the period of stay of ships nachimovsky States in the Black sea may not exceed 21 days.

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