If the diplomatic confrontation between Nato allies Turkey and the US continues, it is expected to cause geopolitical shifts that will impact on Greece.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s approach to Moscow, Turkey distancing itself from the West, constant provocations of Greece and Cyprus, the Syrian front, and the post-coup domestic situation are all part of the new, geopolitical puzzle.

After yesterday’s Erdogan-Putin joint news conference in Ankara, with emphasis on the cooperation in building the Akkuyu, Turkey nuclear power plant, and the references to Turkey’s order of Russian S-400 missiles, Washington sent a message that Nato member-state Turkey should not go ahead with the missile purchase from Russia, as that would imperil the deal for Ankara to purchase the super-advanced Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters.

Putin said the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missiles order is a priority for Moscow, during a meeting of the Russia-Turkey Cooperation Council.

To top it off, the US is strengthening its military presence in Manbij, Syria, even as Erdogan announced his intentions of invading to strike at Kurdish fighters.

At the same time, according to a report today in Ta Nea, the Americans are moving out of Turkey’s geostrategically important Incirlik air base and pursuing an upgraded military cooperation with Greece, in order to transfer weapons systems to Greek bases.

Washington is interested in expanding the agreement regarding the crucial Souda Bay base in Crete, transferring drones from Incirlik to the Greek Air Force command in Larisa, overhauling the former nuclear weapons storage facility at the Andravida Air Force base (the American nuclear warheads have been transported to Romania), and using a helicopter base in Alexandroupolis.

Vasilis Kanellis