Pentagon chief Mark Esper expressed concern about Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia. He told the U.S. House of Representatives About this, reports TOP-NEWS
In particular, he is concerned about the connection between Moscow and Ankara in Syria. The Pentagon chief also noted that the Turkish side is moving away from NATO.
He added that now the alliance will try to return Turkey. “The main way to confront Russia in accordance with our national defense strategy is through NATO, our allies,” Esper said.
Earlier, Turkey threatened to close Incirlik Air Base 130 kilometers from the border with Syria for the U.S. military. Ankara said this would happen if the U.S. imposed sanctions over the acquisition of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.
In October, it was reported that Ankara was considering limiting the presence of U.S. troops at a Turkish military base. Turkey believes that such a restriction would be a “spectacular job” for Washington. At the same time, it was stressed that this could not undermine relations between the two countries.