When it comes to Russia, Turkey does not want to find itself on Russia’s “target list later.”
Last week, despite being vastly outgunned by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a threat to halt the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s military alliance into Finland and Sweden.
Some people believe that Russia’s influence in Ankara is more significant than the Turkish government’s complaints against the Nordic countries for providing a haven for Kurdish refugees, whom Ankara views as terrorists. The statement that Recep Tayyip Erdogan made about the two Nordic countries was made for this reason.
Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Turkey has maintained its silence rather than adopting sanctions against Russia like the vast majority of NATO members have done. It is stated that the money of Russian oligarchs is safe there, and the country has already shown disrespect to the United States by purchasing Russia’s S-400 air missile defense system, which will result in fines in the year 2020.
Officials in the United States have voiced their fear that the agreement with Russia over the S-400 could be detrimental to the security of NATO and put at risk the sharing of intelligence between the United States and Turkey.