Turkey's failed coup in June, the relationship between the U.S and Turkey has become strained at best. As NATO powers, even contentious ones, Turkey and the US have shared obligations. Which have for all appearances now fallen apart.
While the U.S. did little to soothe the ego and temper of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the days after June's failed coup attempt, the Turkish government did everything they could to provoke or engage a response from others in the International Community. Including President Erdoğan's constant demand that the U.S. hand over Erdogan long time rival Fethullah Gülen, (the founder of the Gülen Movement) to Turkish prosecutors and police this week searching Incirlik air base under the guise of June's failed coup. Never mind the fact that during the recent inspection by Turkey no stone was left unturned. Even though the base has been used by both the Turkish and U.S. Air Force, and is home to an unspecified number of U.S. 50-70 B61 Tactical Gravity Nuclear Bombs stored in underground bunkers close to the US airstrips.
The United State's, now in an earthshaking Middle East development, secretly evacuated the very nuclear weapons it had once stockpiled at the Southern Turkish air base to US bases in Romania. Thus, the Obama administration has taken yet another step towards folding up its tents in the Middle East.
Washington quietly made the decision last month to move its nuclear arsenal to what the U.S. deems the safer region of Romania after talks between the United States and Turkish Government initially stalled. Although Washington has not fully admitted to their part in the decline in relations with Turkey, all conversations took a nosedive when Turkey refused to relent on their clamp down of the 1,500 US air and ground crews held on intermittent lock-down since June's failed coup attempt. The airmen were using the base to run the US air campaign against ISIS in Syria just 112 km away. All talks finally ground to a halt after Turkey's continued insistence on assuming control of the nuclear arsenal and America’s rejection of their demand.
The deterioration of the NATO alliance between Ankara and Washington have grown in stark contrast to the recent establishment of the newly formed and harmonious relationship between the Russian and Turkish governments. In which Erdogan and Russian President Putin signed into agreement a new alliance between their two countries during a recent meeting in St, Petersburg, on August 8. Allowing Moscow much to Russian and Turkey's delight, the capability to rapidly expand its air force footprint in the region adding to their recent new bases in Iran
and Syria. Russian bombers and fighters are stepping up operations in all three countries while at the same time Russian warships carrying Kalibr cruise missiles gather in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas.
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