Turkey Transit Country For U.S.


07.11.2007 13:11 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The United States uses Turkey as a transit country
between Europe and Asia, political scientist Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan
told a news conference in Yerevan.

This state of affairs is economically beneficial for Turkey and it
will never step back, according to him.

"Any talk about significance of the air bases and transit of cargo for
the U.S. troops in Iraq is not serious. There are plenty of states in
the region that would gladly host the U.S. bases. As to U.S. Defense
Secretary Robert Gates’ statement that 70% of fuel for the American
troops is transported via Turkey, it is a transparent lie. The fuel
is conveyed from Iraq to the United States but Turkey has nothing to
do with it," he said.

"The U.S. has lost almost all its strategic allies and is seeking for
new ones. For example, Iraq fits the role a new ally while Turkey
is incapable to assist in Bush administration’s war against Iran,"
Melik-Shahnazaryan said.

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