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Turkey’s president threatened a major blow to the US but Trump looks to have called his bluff

ALEX LOCKIE  Published: AUG 14, 2018, 10:12 PM

  • turkey and nato are growing apartTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening to leave NATO and the West behind for a long time, but he really doesn’t have other good options.
  • Turkey engages in several behaviours that the rest of NATO finds unhelpful or downright toxic.
  • US President Donald Trump’s sanctions on Turkey have tanked its economy – but instead of making good on the threats to walk, Turkey is holding on for dear life.
  • Turkey’s economy has been poorly managed and relies on huge influxes of cash, which other potential allies like Russia or Iran just can’t provide.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now feuding with his NATO ally US President Donald Trump, wrote an op-ed article in The New York Times on Friday painting his country as the victim of bullying from the US that could result in Ankara “looking for new friends and allies.”

Erdogan’s plea for US concessions came after the Turkish lira tanked sharply, bringing markets in Europe and Asia down with it.

Turkey’s economic woes are partly caused by a dispute over the fate of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor whose release Trump reportedly lobbied unsuccessfully for, prompting US sanctions that are contributing to the crisis.

Turkey has cosy relations with Russia and Iran, and Erdogan’s suggestion that Ankara could find “new friends” seems tailor-made to bring fear to European and North American capitals.

But according to Jonathan Eyal, the international director of the Royal United Services Institute, Turkey has long been looking for other friends and allies, and that’s part of the problem.

“Turkey has no intention of respecting the American sanctions on Iran,” Eyal told Business Insider. “It has also said it respects none of the American priorities in Syria. It has offered to buy Russian missiles and other equipment.”

He added: “At every count and on every part, it’s gone against not only the US interests, but the interests of the Western alliance.”

Turkey’s on-again, off-again proposal to buy Russian missile defences, for example, shows how the country has frequently courted over-the-line behaviour much to the anger of NATO.

If Turkey were to buy Russian missile defences, Russia would get a window into NATO’s first line of defence. With the US’s trillion-dollar F-35 stealth jet coming online specifically as an effort to defeat Russian defences in the case of war, this represents a hard red line, and Congress has acted accordingly by banning the sale of F-35s to Turkey.

Erdogan’s back is against the wall

If Erdogan were to follow through on his threat to leave NATO, he would open a gaping hole in the alliance and possibly give Russia yet another strategic inroad to influence Europe. But it would most likely only further isolate Ankara from the prosperous West.

“When the Turkish lira collapsed, so did the Russian ruble,” Eyal said, as Russia has invested heavily in Turkey. “If Erdogan wants to shake hands as friends in poverty with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, he’s welcome to do it.”

Trump’s sanctions on Turkey alone almost certainly didn’t tank the lira, as sanctions rarely have so profound an effect – instead, it’s Turkey’s mismanaged economy that relies on huge influxes of outside cash as inflation rises and Erdogan resists combating it with higher interest rates because he ideologically opposes it.

Possible other friends for Turkey, like Russia and Iran, just don’t have the cash to bail out Ankara. China might, but it would insist on its own terms, which a fiercely independent Erdogan might not accept.

Another SIGN of just how close we are to Christ's Return.  Bible Prophecy has long shown that Turkey will never be a member of the EU and will withdraw from NATO as the Bible reveals that Turkey will have a close relationship with Russia in the lead up to mans final conflict and the return of Christ.  So keep watching this development with Turkey as she moves closer in her ties to Russia. Based on Bible Prophecy Turkey will be with Russia and Europe when they invade the Middle East as described in Ezekiel 38.   We fully expect to see Russia become more closely linked to Europe militarily whereby Russia will become a "guard" unto the European Nations according to Ezekiel 38:7. 

Also Ezekiel 38:6 says that "Gomer (France), and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (Turkey) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee."

So somehow Turkey will be involved with Russia and it's Army and the move into the Middle East.

See this article to learn more about this and the latter day prophecies of the Bible.

Bible Prophecy about the alignment of Nations in the Latter Days