Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that Moscow and Tehran are instrumental in the ongoing attempts to resolve the Syrian conflict. The minister expressed confidence that the Syrian issue would be resolved through cooperation and said,
“Achieving a lasting resolution of the crisis in Syria without Russia and Iran would be impossible, Ankara will cooperate with them on these issues. We have repeatedly stated, even in the period of crisis in our relations, that it would be impossible to achieve a lasting resolution in Syria without Russia’s participation. We continue to insist on this. The same can be said about Iran, with which we are negotiating at the moment as well and aim to strengthen cooperation in this sphere.”
In addition to the Syrian civil war, Syria has been also fighting numerous terrorist groups as well with the biggest threat being Islamic State. Cavusoglu additionally stated that NATO members ‘seemed evasive’ in the exchange of technology and hinted Turkey might be willing to work with Russia if they’re interested in having military ties:
“It seems to us that NATO members behave in an evasive fashion in issues such as exchange of technology and joint investments. Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthen its defense system. In this sense, if Russia were to treat this with interest, we are ready to consider the possibility of cooperation in this sector.”
Turkey is giving the appearance that is no longer wants to be a NATO member as it edges ever so close to a permanent alliance with Russia and Iran.