Senior German diplomat calls for NATO-Russia dialogue

Wolfgang Ischinger says Turkish rapprochement with Moscow can help soothe relations between NATO and Russia

Senior German diplomat calls for NATO-Russia dialogue

World Bulletin / News Desk

Rapprochement between Turkey and Russia can help smooth relations between NATO and the Kremlin, a former senior German diplomat said Wednesday.

Wolfgang Ischinger, a former deputy foreign minister with the Foreign Ministry, said the recent move by Turkey and Russia to mend ties could benefit Europe as a whole.

“Normalization of relations between NATO ally Turkey and Russia would certainly be helpful for broader efforts to normalize relations between the West and Russia, between NATO and Russia,” he said.

“We can only get to grips with the problems like Iran’s nuclear potential or the war in Syria when we have Russia on our side, when Russia joins our efforts.”

He added: “The normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia now would be for the benefit for all of us.”

Ischinger, an ex-ambassador to the U.S. and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s former representative for discussions on Ukraine, was speaking at an event organized by the Foreign Correspondents' Association in Berlin.

He is currently chairman of the Munich Security Conference, a global forum for security policy.

Turkey and Russia resumed ties last week following seven months of disruption over the shooting down of a Russian warplane by the Turkish Air Force after violation of Turkish airspace above the Syrian border in November.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Temmuz 2016, 09:28