Washington is avoiding supporting France and Greece directly in their conflict with Turkey, fearing Erdogan’s reaction

The United States does not want to align itself with the European Union, especially France, in its ongoing conflict in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya, so that the Pentagon does not lose the military facilities it has in Turkey, and the 1975 scenario is being repeated at a time of increasing influence of Russia and China in the Middle East region.

Observers note how France remained almost alone, with modest support from the European Union, in the conflict at first over Libya and then in the dispute over the right to explore for gas and petroleum in the eastern Mediterranean waters, which turned into an explosive powder keg.

France has sided with Greece in the conflict with Turkey over oil and petroleum exploration in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean, and the order came to France to reinforce its military presence with two Rafale planes and two frigates, and the command reached the Turkish navy to monitor a French warship in the region and harass it and force it to move away as it did with a previous frigate.

During last June in international waters off Libya.

Observers are surprised by the spectator position that Washington adopts in the conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and concerns three member states of NATO, as it blames Turkey for some of its stances and actions and does not support France and Greece.

This US stand is to avoid Turkey’s reaction, and there are many precedents on the part of the Turks, and the matter is not only limited to the period of Tayyip Erdogan’s rule as head of government and then as president of the country, but rather to previous periods.

Its policy is indifferent to the interests of the United States, and the matter was repeated with the S-400 missiles.

Despite the US threat, the Turkish army preferred these missiles over the F-35 fighters.

If Washington sided with Greece and France, it would endanger its military interests, and the Turks silently wave at the strategic Incirlik base for the US Air Force, the United States obtained a strong military presence in Turkey until 1975, in that year the US Congress imposed a decision not to sell arms to the army The Turkish president, then Turkish President Fakhri Koroturk, closed all American military bases and attached them to the Turkish army, and the decision was a blow to the interests of the United States at the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Ankara and in 1978 gradually authorized the United States to use the joint Incirlik base near the Mediterranean Sea, which now houses the NATO forces, most of which are American.

The Pentagon realizes that Erdogan will not hesitate to make the decision to close the Incirlik base if he believes in the bias of the entire West, including the United States, against him.

Therefore, Washington believes that the gas file is very secondary compared to the loss of its presence at the Incirlik base as it occurred in 1975, while the Russian and Chinese military influence is growing in the region. 

This is one of the reasons that drives it not to side with France in the current conflict.