General Secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg will not allow that the alliance of the NATO and Turkey breaks because of Turkish desire to buy the Russian S-400 missile system. The country led by President Rexhep Tayyip Erdogan is too important for the Western military alliance to stay without it. These conclusions come after this year Stoltenberg visited Turkey and during which the first man of the NATO officially talked with Erdogan and the Turkish minster of Foreign Affairs, Cavusoglu.
During those meetings, Stoltenberg thanked Turkey for its strong contribution to NATO and stressed that the Western Military Alliance would continue to be supportive. At a press conference held with Minister Cavusoglu, Stoltenberg recalled that Turkey plays an important role in the NATO mission in Iraq and added that Turkey has greatly contributed to NATO missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Speaking about Turkey’s geo-strategic position, Stoltenberg also said that because it borders with Iraq and Syria the country is the most exposed to violence in the Middle East. He expressed condolence to the Turkish government over the deaths of several soldiers on its southern border. He also said that the NATO members will continue to support Turkey in its opposition to the serious security challenges it is exposed to.
How important Turkey is to NATO is best seen when Stoltenberg stated that the Western Military Alliance has so far invested more than $ 5 trillion in various extremely important military facilities in Turkey, such as airports, naval bases and radar stations. In addition, in Turkey is located Indžirlik, one of the largest and most important US and NATO bases in Europe and in the world.