'Turkey used to be US’s mere satellite in NATO'

Thu 03 June 2010 10:52 GMT | 15:52 Local Time

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Vafa Guluzade

'For a long period of time Turkey has been a simple satellite of the United States in NATO.

Turkey is increasing its role as a regional superpower in the Middle East thus outstripping even Iran that has always been the defender of Palestine and most people do not like it', said political scientist Vafa Guluzade commenting on the worsening of the Turkish-Israeli ties.

The relations between Turkey and Israel have worsened after the Israeli raid on international Flotilla of six vessels carrying humanitarian aid to the blocked Palestinian enclave of Gaza. About 600 human rights activists the majority of which were the Turkish citizens were on the board. According to global mass media, 19 people died during the Israeli special operations. Israelis confirm the death of nine.

This operation caused serious condemnation of all the European and Turkish sides. Moreover, Turkey is ready to adopt all necessary sanctions on Israel including the appeal to the international court in Hague for the raid on the flotilla.

'For a long period of time Turkey has been a simple satellite of the United States in NATO. Meanwhile, now Turkey is successfully speaking in line with its national interests. Ankara cooperates with Tehran and Moscow where necessary regardless of how this Turkish allies in NATO. Thus, Turkey shows independence in defining national interests which causes outrage', said Guluzade.


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