Greece No Longer Considered Top Threat to Turkey

Diaspora population considered fundamental problem with Armenia’s

ANKARA–According to Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper–a secret National Security Council memo cites that Greece no longer poses the top security concern to Turkey. Iran has instead moved into that position with its powerful Shahab-3 ballistic missile that reportedly has a range between 1,300 and 1,500 kilometers.

The change–according to the document that addresses Turkey’s security matters–is based on recent political analyses and reviews–and incidentally results in Greece’s removal from that top position it has held for the past 82 years; the document–nevertheless–maintains that "there exists the probability of conflict with Greece."

On Armenia–Turkish National Security Council experts agree that–in fact–there exist no fundamental issues with the neighboring country–but that the problem lies with its diaspora Armenia’s. According the Turks–the borders with Armenia remain closed because of Armenia’s policy on Azerbaijan.

The memo stresses the necessity to not only strengthen ties with Russia–but also step-up its influence on developing countries so as not to see a continuation of the discord that was created in the past with Uzbekistan and Turkmen’stan.

The Hurriyet article points out that there is not mention of Turkish religious minorities or sects in the memo.

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