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Türkiye asks the new NATO Secretary General to guarantee free arms exports

Türkiye makes several demands on the acting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who expressed his desire to take the post of NATO Secretary General instead of Jens Stoltenberg. The Turkish authorities want to receive guarantees from the future Secretary General on the free export of arms between the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. Bloomberg reports this with reference to its sources.

Turkey is making several demands on Mark Rutte or another contender for the post of NATO Secretary General in exchange for its support for his candidacy. In particular, Turkey wants Ankara to be included in NATO’s partnership agreements with the European Union and for there to be no defense restrictions between NATO countries.

According to the agency, Turkish authorities have not yet contacted Mark Rutte regarding their demands. Earlier, US Permanent Representative to NATO Julianne Smith said that the selection of a new secretary general of the alliance would most likely be completed in the first quarter of 2024. She also confirmed that Rutte is being considered for the position.

Stoltenberg previously confirmed that he will remain as NATO Secretary General until October 1, 2024. This decision was made at the summit in Vilnius on July 11-12, 2023. The media, including British and American ones, have repeatedly noted that the reason for the delay in the appointment of Stoltenberg’s successor was the difficulty in identifying a candidate. The decision to appoint the Secretary General is made on the basis of consensus of all member countries of the alliance.

As the Bloomberg news agency reported in January, NATO countries supporting Rutte’s candidacy are aiming for his appointment to take place by the summer. According to these data, the majority of Rutte’s supporters in the alliance expect that a decision will be made by the summit of NATO leaders in Washington, which will take place in July. However, they acknowledge that the approval process may take time and will be completed by the end of spring.

Bloomberg’s sources also added that the Dutch leader has already been offered twice to take this position in the White House. They also claim that Rutte is the favorite in the race for the post of secretary general of the alliance, but a number of Eastern European countries that are part of NATO have not yet supported his candidacy.

Earlier, the chief researcher at the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, ex-chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy, Ivan Grachev, said that the Russian Federation is increasing gas exports to many countries. More details read the material Public News Service.

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