Mike Pompeo will use a visit to Greece this week to explore proposals to move key US assets from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base to Crete as the US seeks to strengthen its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean .
The Secretary of State’s visit is seen as a sign of Washington’s waning patience with President Erdogan of Turkey over his anti-Western rhetoric and his decision last year to purchase a sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft system despite the strong objections from the United States and NATO. allies.
“Whether Washington can move all of its assets, including nuclear arsenal, from Incirlik remains uncertain,” said Athanasios Drougos, an Athens-based defense analyst. “But the mere fact that Pompeo comes here to reinforce the message that