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U.S. talking to Turkey about China missile deal concerns

U.S. talking to Turkey about China missile deal concerns | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States is concerned Turkey's decision to build a missile defense system with a Chinese firm could undermine allied air defenses, its envoy said on Thursday, but dismissed...
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With China also starting to reopen the silk road they are stepping into the Middle East and a key US and NATO ally.  The Chinese state this is just a commerical deal, with I think it really is trying to lay future groundwork.  The system that Turkey is getting will not be compatible with NATO's weapon systems, which has always been a big part and a requirement of the alliance.  Could this move be the first in Turkey leaving NATO, or even looking away to Europe and looking to China.  With Turkey still not being admitted int the EU they might be feeling they have to look elsewhere to help themselves grow...hmmm maybe the EU should look at their application again??

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 26, 2013 9:58 PM

The US is worried that Turkeys decision to buil a defense system with China would undermine air defenses. They are looking to strengthen their domestic defense industry from fear of overflow from the viloence in Syria. The US is upset becuase Turkeys new model would not be system compatible with the models of other members, that could lead to  a undermining ore principle of the 28-nation alliance;

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Georgian PM Meets Rasmussen, Discusses NATO And Russia

Georgian PM Meets Rasmussen, Discusses NATO And Russia | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says his country will continue on its course of "joining NATO as soon as possible."

Following talks in Tbilisi with visiting NATO Secretar...
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So the main question here is, will Russia allow Georgia, which it fought a short five day war in 2008, to join NATO? With this country right against the border of Russia, will they feel even more surrounded?  Estonia, Latvia and Lituania have joined NATO and there are talks also with the Ukraine about membership.  Will Russia allow it? Do they have a choice?  They went to war once with Georgia, why not again?

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Russia’s DNA: “Fear of Invasion”

Russia’s DNA: “Fear of Invasion” | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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This is just a small article that explains a Russian "DNA" and the fear of invasions, especailly from the "west".  Who could blame them, Poland, Sweden, Germany in WW I, then many western countries during the Russian civil war and Germany again in WW II.  Fast forward to todays geographic and political outlook from Russian eyes, NATO more on their border with Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lituania all members and with the growing of the EU economically, this fear within the "DNA" of Russia may not be hard to explain.  History will always shape how people feel and what they believe.

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NATO Members and Partner Countries

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Take a look at this map.  NATO has expanded much since its founding in 1949.  Manily only the areas in grey do not have a relation with NATO in any way.  The Partners mainly are the old Soviet Republics.  Still many former Warsaw Pact nations are now in NATO.  NATO is still open for more nations to join.  Do you think the other couontries of the world feel left out and that they should join?

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