Former US Secretary of Defense advises Biden to hold Germany accountable


Former US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2006 to 2011, advised President-elect Joe Biden to hold Germany and Turkey accountable. He made such a proposal in his article for The New York Times.

According to the ex-minister, the new American leader with his administration will have to make Germany responsible for its insignificant contributions to support NATO, as well as for Berlin’s attempts to exchange economic and security interests of Poland and Ukraine for benefits from the use of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. 2 “.

Biden should also be tough on Turkey, Gates said. He stressed that Washington will have to repay Ankara for its deal with Russia to buy S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM). In particular, according to the ex-minister, the anti-Turkish sanctions imposed by the incumbent head of the White House, Donald Trump, can be considered a good step in this direction. Also, he writes, Biden will have to take certain measures against Turkey because of its actions in Libya and Syria, which are contrary to the interests of other members of the North Atlantic Alliance.

Earlier in December, former Trump aide Fiona Hill gave Biden advice on Russia. She said that Biden should not adopt Obama’s dismissive approach to Russia, and stressed that many of the key challenges facing Biden will require cooperation with the Russian authorities.

Source : Agencies