Turkey and The WestMaking enemies of friends and influencing enemies.
Its Erdogan’s new topsy turvy foreign policy that is doing so well, in his mind, if no-one else's.
Random question, with the QE class now "in service" why is Albion still the flagship?No doubt the sultan will be making some histrionic statement about Gallipoli in reply.
'Britain flexed its naval muscles in its largest deployment off Cyprus in decades, to make its presence felt in the volatile region and underscore what officials said was the country’s post-Brexit commitment to buttressing Europe’s security.
'A three-ship strike force centered around the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Albion on Tuesday conducted joint maneuvers with a Cypriot patrol vessel and helicopters and the French frigate Jean Bart off the coastal town of Limassol.
'The main part of the exercise involved Cypriot special forces and British Royal Marines boarding a supposedly hijacked ship by fast-roping down from hovering helicopters while small, highly maneuverable speed boats came alongside the vessel.
“This is the U.K. doing its part to prove our commitment to European safety and security whilst working with our NATO allies and partners,” Deputy Strike Force Commander Capt. Phil Dennis told the Associated Press.
'British military officials said the joint training with Cypriot forces also illustrated a joint commitment to regional stability and a determination to further strengthen a bilateral defense relationship.'
LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — Britain flexed its naval muscles in its largest deployment off Cyprus in decades, to make its presence felt in the volatile region and underscore what officials said was...apnews.com
I see they've made the Frogs all foot stampy now
Qatar, which owns the PSG football club, calls for a boycott of French products....how does it work then ? Especially since they will play against a TUR club tonight !!!
Following controversial comments made by France's president, calls are growing in Muslim countries for boycotts of French goods.www.al-monitor.com
Groovy a good old fashioned 19th century precursor to war...
Who does NATO support in a war between two members? how do we determine the aggressor and aggressee.
So Francois how about those fish, a working Carrier and a regional airbase... let's talk...
Turkey appears so emboldened now, that it can dictate diplomatic efforts to the USA.
'Turkey said early on Monday that the United States needed to return to a neutral stance on Cyprus, after Washington and Nicosia signed a memorandum of understanding to create a training centre.
'Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month that the United States would lift a 33-year arms embargo on Cyprus and deepen its security cooperation with Nicosia. During a visit to Cyprus, Pompeo said on Saturday that Washington remained “deeply concerned” about Turkey’s actions in the eastern Mediterranean, where it is at a standoff with Greece and Cyprus over maritime areas thought to be rich in natural gas.
“The memorandum of understanding will not serve peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean and will damage the solution of the Cyprus problem,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said. It added that the recent steps by the United States increased the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. “We invite the U.S. to return to the neutrality policy it traditionally follows on the island of Cyprus and to contribute to the efforts aimed at the solution of the Cyprus issue,” the ministry said.'
Turkey said early on Monday that the United States needed to return to a neutral stance on Cyprus, after Washington and Nicosia signed a memorandum of understanding to create a training centre.www.reuters.com
As posted elsewhere on ARRSE, Pompeo has authorised delivery of some of the embargoed Turkish Air Force F-35s to the Elleniki Polmiki Aeroporia-Greek Air Force.
Erdogan will not be best pleasd.