Why should the US expand its base in Turkey?

 Why should the US expand its base in Turkey?

Map: US and Turkish leaders hold talks. (source: Xinhua News Agency)

According to the Tass news agency, the U.S. Department of defense has signed contracts with companies in Turkey for the construction of facilities at the U.S. Air Force Base in ingrilik. Previously, the United States had issued sanctions threats because of Turkeys purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, which Turkey also warned that once the United States imposed sanctions, it would close two U.S. bases, including the base in gillik. In the friction between the two sides, why does the United States expand its US military base in Turkey as usual?

Base expansion as usual

The Pentagons website recently announced that the U.S. Department of defense signed a $95 million contract with eight Turkish construction companies for the construction of U.S. air base facilities in Turkey, which is expected to be completed in December 2024. Russian satellite news agency said the contract shows that the U.S. military intends to stay in Turkey for a long time.

The U.S. - Turkish alliance has seen cracks in Russias s S-400 system as a result of earthwork purchases. According to Reuters, the United States has suspended the delivery of F-35 fighters to Turkey, unless the Turkish side gives up the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missile system. Turkey insists it will complete the deployment of the S-400 air defense missile system, and says it may close the U.S. Air Force Base in its territory and NATOs kurejik radar station in response to possible sanctions.

As the friction between the two sides heats up, the United States has signed a big order for the construction of US military bases in Turkey. In this regard, the Russian satellite news agency analysis that the contract completion period implies that the expansion and construction is not a short-term project, which shows that the United States does not believe that Turkey will actually implement the threat of base closure.

Its not easy to get out of the Middle East

Why does the United States strengthen its base in Turkey at this time? Li Shaoxian, President of the Arab College of Ningxia University and President of the Chinese Academy of Arab States, believes that the Middle East is a strategic place that the United States will not give up, but how to keep control of the Middle East with as little energy as possible has become the main consideration of the United States at present. The United States must have a strong agent and a more stable military base in the Middle East.

According to Ulrich Kuhn, an expert at the Institute of peace research and security policy at the University of Hamburg, the website of the voice of Germany pointed out that the current conflict between the United States and Turkey over armaments is a lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose lose both sides. In the future, on regional issues such as the South Caucasus and Syria, the United States still needs the help of Turkey.

In addition, ingerlick air force base and kurejcreda station, which are located in the East and west directions of Turkey, are also important bases for the United States and NATO to monitor the Middle East. According to an article in the US consumer news and business channel, the base is used to combat the Islamic state, an extremist group, in Syria and Iraq, with about 50 US nuclear weapons deployed. Kurejik base is equipped with anti missile system early warning radar, which is closely related to NATOs missile defense system.

The US Turkish alliance remains the same

According to the analysis, for the West represented by the United States, Turkeys ally status is rising. Without turkey, there would be a rift in NATOs eastern front. Li Shaoxian said.

As the second largest military force in the Middle East fortress and NATO, Turkey has no intention to run counter to NATO, Bloomberg pointed out in a recent article. At present, Turkey is only escalating its dispute with the United States over the S-400 air defense missile system.

Turkeys overall position as a western ally will not change. No matter what kind of tension it has with the EU, the United States and NATO, it will still not be separated from the West or NATO. Li Shaoxian said.

Looking forward to the U.S. - Turkish Relations in 2020, the newspaper Sabah daily pointed out that the strength of Pro Turkey and anti Turkey in the United States is equal, resulting in the complexity of bilateral relations. But overall, the US Turkish Relations will remain stable in 2020.

There is a strategic alliance foundation for us Turkish Relations, which will not waver for both sides. Although fierce confrontations occur from time to time, the overall alliance relationship will not change. Li Shaoxian said.

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