Alp Sevimlisoy

Putin hammer blow after Turkey locks Russian warships out of key strategic waterway

Russia is no longer able to operate in the western part of the Black Sea, said naval expert Iain Ballantyne.

NATO has been told to capitalise on the key strategic position occupied by Turkey – by basing hypersonic missiles in the country to send a powerful message of deterrence to Russian President Vladimir Putin. National security expert Alp Sevimlisoy, speaking in the week Defence Secretary Ben Wallace met Hulusi Akar, his Turkish equivalent, in Turkey, has also urged incoming UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to seek closer ties with Ankara, which he said can provide a “bulwark” against both Moscow and Beijing in the years to come.

Mr Sevimlisoy is a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington specialising in NATO’s role within the Mediterranean region, and advocates the alliance creating a unified Mediterranean Command Structure.

Emphasising the need to counter Russian and Chinese influence in the region, he told Express.co.uk: “There are only three countries within NATO that have the military prowess, the armed forces and the international clout to do this, and that is the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Turkey.”

Referring to the information-sharing alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Mr Sevimlisoy said: ”What we will be seeing and what we should be seeing is the creation of intelligence alliances equivalent to Five Eyes, which will encompass Turkey, the UK, the US and further, a direct military alliance between these three countries.

“Because more than even NATO, it’s those countries within NATO that are able to take part in operations overseas.

“When you look at Turkey, you’re looking at a country which is which has its armed forces active in the Caucasus, in the Med, in Syria, in Libya.”

Turkey had in effect been fighting the Russians in Libya prior to the Ukraine conflict and had provided Kyiv with drones before other nations were giving military support, Mr Sevimlisoy pointed out.

Referring to cutting-edge weapons capable of travelling many times the speed of sound, he added: “We should certainly be always in support of Ukraine, and at the same time, we should double up, and place hypersonic missiles as part of NATO’s strategic deterrence alongside the Mediterranean and coupled this with our existing tactical nuclear weapons.

“We should put them at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, where our existing tactical nuclear strategic deterrence is.”

 

Alp Sevimlisoy originally featured as per: Daily Express

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