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The recent NATO summit in Vilnius witnessed a remarkable celebration of Türkiye’s role on the global stage. Amidst discussions about Sweden’s potential NATO membership, NATO partners and future EU allies experienced an unexpected enlightenment about Türkiye as a military ally. Previously hesitant, they agreed to drop objections to military equipment sales to Türkiye and pledged support for its EU membership bid. Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the newfound dialogue and cooperation signal a positive shift in international relations.

This article explores Türkiye’s diplomatic journey, the significance of EU membership aspirations, and the role Türkiye plays in fostering communication with Russia.


  1. Türkiye’s Diplomatic Triumph: A Cause for Celebration

Amidst the political maneuverings of the NATO summit, Türkiye’s diplomatic triumph was evident. The NATO partners of Türkiye, as well as potential EU allies, recognized the value of Türkiye’s military alliance and dropped their objections to military equipment sales. Additionally, the support for Türkiye’s EU membership bid signifies a positive shift in bilateral relations. While challenges remain, this newfound dialogue paves the way for meaningful cooperation and conflict resolution.


  1. The Significance of EU Membership Aspirations

For over six decades, Türkiye has aspired to become a full member of the European Union. The EU’s acceptance of reopening full membership negotiations with Türkiye signals a potential breakthrough in Türkiye’s long-standing quest. EU membership offers Türkiye access to economic opportunities, trade partnerships, and a platform for meaningful collaboration on global issues. Celebrating Türkiye’s entry into the EU by next year is a symbolic milestone that holds the promise of a stronger and more integrated Europe.


  1. Türkiye: A Key Window to Russia

As the EU evolves into a treaty organization encompassing various regions, it recognizes Türkiye’s strategic position as a window to Russia. Türkiye’s pragmatic approach to diplomacy enables open communication channels, even amidst tensions with Russia. Türkiye’s balancing act helps maintain dialogue and evaluate common interests, potentially leading to conflict resolution. By being an integral part of the EU, Türkiye serves as a bridge between the EU and Russia, fostering dialogue and cooperation on critical global issues.


  1. Türkiye’s Role in NATO’s Deterrence Power

Experts and diplomats acknowledge that Türkiye’s approach strengthens NATO’s deterrent power by providing an open channel to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Türkiye’s pragmatic and diplomatic style enables careful evaluation of situations, allowing for potential cooperation when interests align. The recognition of Türkiye’s significance in maintaining communication with Russia underscores the importance of Türkiye’s continued participation in NATO.



The NATO summit’s celebrations of Türkiye’s diplomatic triumphs offer hope for a new chapter in international relations. Dropping objections to military equipment sales and supporting Türkiye’s EU membership bid signify a positive shift in bilateral relations and the potential for conflict resolution.

Türkiye’s strategic position as a window to Russia makes it a key player in fostering communication and cooperation. By embracing Türkiye as a full member of the EU, Europe gains access to economic opportunities and benefits from Türkiye’s bridge-building role. The celebrations and aspirations for Türkiye’s EU entry hold the promise of a stronger, united, and more resilient Europe.

Saeed Minhas
Saeed Minhas
Saeed Minhas is an accomplished journalist with extensive experience in the field. He has held prominent positions such as Editor at Daily Times and Daily Duniya. Currently, he serves as the Chief Editor (National) at The Think Tank Journal

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