NATO in the Turkish-Greek conflict,

Muhittin Ataman, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at SETA Foundation.

[…] However, recently the U.S. has dramatically changed its policy in favor of the Greek side. First of all, the U.S. has recently established nine different military bases on the Greek territories. Second, the U.S. has sent a cache of weapons to Greece, some of which were allocated on the Aegean islands. Thus, the U.S. government has indirectly supported Greece’s breach of international law. According to international treaties, these islands have a demilitarized status.

Third, the U.S. has lifted the long-time arms embargo against the Greek Cypriots. Fourth, the U.S. has been following an anti-Türkiye policy not only in the Eastern Mediterranean but also in the Middle East, i.e., the Syrian crisis. It has been supporting the YPG/PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK, by all means.

The U.S. and other Western countries remain indifferent to the Greek provocations not only against Türkiye but also against the NATO military operations. For instance, Greece has challenged the NATO alliance by harassing Turkish aircrafts. Greek surface-to-air missiles (S-300) locked onto the Turkish F-16 fighter jets carrying out a reconnaissance mission in international airspace. Still, no Western country criticized Greece for this provocation.

When asked about a protest by Türkiye against the U.S. for providing Greece with military vehicles, the U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price admitted that the U.S. is implementing a double standard on provisions of its military sales to Greece and Türkiye. When asked about the use of different standards toward its allies, Price pointed out that “the standard we use is what is in America’s national interests.” Läs artikel