Poland, dream partner, problem Turkey (daily Junge Welt) 2

Poland, dream partner, problem Turkey (daily Junge Welt)


Smiled out: US President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania and Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda

There is a reason why the President of the United States, Donald Trump, did not even get rid of his smile when he visited his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda: Poland is not alone. strives to look from afar at all the wishes of his brother. It exceeds the NATO target of 2% of the national product with its military spending already today. This benefits in particular to the US military industry. Excessive purchases of US military equipment have repeatedly affected the Polish Court of Accounts without any political consequences. Instead, France, which had presented the cheapest bid for a combat helicopter, was openly rejected in 2016 when Poland tore up the signing treaty. Relations between Warsaw and Paris are still affected.

The purpose for which Poland pledges allegiance to Washington is the geopolitical appreciation of the country. As a frontline state of anti-Russian escalation in Eastern Europe, Poland wants to strengthen its own position as a regional power – and prevent a possible German-Russian rapprochement. And it seems that the successor of Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, is willing to accept this race in favor of the United States. His recent warnings about the equidistance of Trump, Putin and Erdogan speak volumes.

But not all NATO partners calculate like Poland and the FRG. The United States currently has a problem with Turkey. The country agreed with Russia on the purchase of modern anti-aircraft missiles of the S-400 type; in summer, delivery should begin. Ankara argument: the cheapest compared to the price of American competition with better technology. But in the military, the market economy stops for Washington: the United States has issued an ultimatum to Turkey. Withdraw from the Russian contract by the end of July – or be excluded from the construction and delivery of the American fighter F-35. With the potential costs to the American arms industry, Poland is jumping back into the breach: it wants to remove 32 F-35 fighter jets.

The official argument of the United States is the fear of a possible exit of secret technologies: Russia could have access to maintenance contracts for the S-400 in the operation of the F-35. Of course, the risk would also be in the other direction: information about the S-400's electronic interior would fall into the hands of NATO. Russia took this risk. Because it takes good relations with Turkey to be able to use its Black Sea Fleet in accordance with its second task: to be a fleet of the Mediterranean. This interest also prompted Russia, in 2016, to warn Erdogan of the military state's coup attempt by a pro-American group and to grow grass after the destruction of one's own. Russian plane in the Syrian-Turkish border area. So, one hand washes the other. Erdogan is the third laugh.