Turkey has been a proud and indispensable nato ally for 70 years, said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President in an article published in "The Economist", APA reports.
Our country joined the alliance in 1952, having sent troops to Korea in defence of democracy and freedom, Erdogan said.
The article reads, that during the cold war and in its aftermath, Turkey has been a stabilising power and a force for good in the Middle East, the Caucasus, and the Black Sea regions. Turkish troops, too, have deployed to many parts of the world, from Kosovo to Afghanistan, as part of NATO missions.
"Turkey’s objection to the admission of Sweden and Finland, which remained neutral up until the most recent developments, represents a decisive step taken on behalf of all nations that have been targeted by terrorist organisations to date. At the end of the day, terrorism has no religion, nation or colour. That each member state decisively stands up to any organisation that aims to harm the civilian population is one of nato’s core aims. No country enjoys any privilege in that regard," Turkish leader said.
"The war in Ukraine challenged conventional wisdom about the rules-based international order, great power competition and Euro-Atlantic security. The most recent developments also breathed new life into nato, arguably the greatest military alliance in history," the article noted.