“They know each other.” Zakharova on Turkey’s attitude towards Sweden’s accession to NATO

Zakharova: Western states have turned into petty hustlers who are not even trusted by their own people

Turkey refuses to ratify Sweden’s accession to NATO because it knows its NATO partners well, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the air of her author’s program on Radio Sputnik.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the country’s parliament would not ratify Sweden’s accession protocol to NATO.

“Turkey from the inside, being a NATO member, knows its partners by sight. They go their own way, including because they contemplate decision-making within NATO through vigils at the level of foreign ministers, defense ministers, staff commanders and, of course, country leaders. They know that when it is necessary to bend someone over, any promises are made publicly, any promises, as long as the decision is made. This is a tactic of the collective West. Then, those who perceive these promises, sincerely believe that they will be implemented. But they are not fulfilled. <…> So they (Turkey – ed.) demand that everything be fixed in the form of concrete decisions. Not even on paper. The Turkish side says: only when this is done. <…> They know each other,” Maria Zakharova said.

According to the diplomat, the ongoing events can be regarded as another example of the crisis of Western civilization.

“This is the level of the crisis of Western civilization. All the best that was in it is preserved by us. We are the custodians of the best accumulated in the Western civilization for centuries and millennia. And there it is all gone. What is left is what is left. You know, they usually say: “The East is a delicate matter; trust but verify. But now it turns out that it is the East that is able to negotiate, and the West has turned into petty hustlers who are not trusted even by their own people,” concluded Maria Zakharova.

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