According to Sputnik, Gates welcomed Biden’s idea to re-engage with US friends and allies and advised him that current President Donald Trump’s confrontational approach to the Russian-German gas pipeline known as the North Stream 2 And maintain the sale of the Russian S-400 missile defense system to Turkey.
“Germany must be held accountable not only for its deplorable military spending, but also for the exchange of the security and economic interests of Poland and Ukraine with the economic interests of the North Stream 2 pipeline from Russia,” he said.
According to the report, the former US Secretary of Defense also added: “Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system by Turkey, despite warnings, the US should also pay a ransom. “Ankara must also be held accountable for its actions in Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Syria – which conflict with the interests of other NATO allies and complicate efforts to achieve peace.”
According to Sputnik, Gates then asked Biden to consider the consequences for those NATO members with “authoritarian rule”, including “Turkey, Hungary and Poland”.
Last week, the US Treasury Department announced a boycott of Turkey’s defense industry. The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on Turkey’s defense industry and its head, Ibrahim Demir, news sources reported.
Reacting to the US move, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the sanctions as an attack on Turkish sovereignty, saying the sanctions could not stop the country’s defense industry from progressing.