Ine Soreide Stated in an Email to AFP About Complexity and Changing Nature of the Situation of Defense Export
Turkey’s invasion into northeastern Syria this week has been engaged with international condemnation; however, it’s additionally influenced something by a schism between members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
On Thursday, Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Soreide announced in an email to AFP that, given the complexity and ever-changing nature of the scenario, “as a precautionary measure” the foreign ministry “is not going to handle any new demands for exports of defense material or multiple uses to Turkey.”
“It’s clear there is rising unease among some members relating to Turkey’s actions, and Norway’s move can likely be followed by other NATO members as nicely,” Nile Gardiner, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center, informed News channel. “Turkey is being put on notice over its military actions and will be held to account.”
Other experts anticipated that more schisms in the once-tight NATO alliance might follow.
“Turkey could also be a NATO ally; however, they’ve persistently not acted like it – and there should be consequences for that,” mentioned Brad Bowman, the senior director for the Center on Military and Political Power on the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “It’s time to align policy toward Turkey with [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s actual actions.”