American writer and academic James Petras says the proposed US defense bill shows Washington wants to control Turkey and its growing independence and the country’s policy of looking toward better relations with Iran, Russia, and BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The 2019 US defense policy bill puts emphasis on two Washington’s “potential adversaries,” namely Russia and China, and punishes Turkey for planning to buy a Russian missile defense system.
The $716-billion bill known as the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act was passed by the US Senate on Wednesday and then went to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.
The legislation necessitates “a continuous and enduring presence” of the US contingent, special operations forces and military equipment in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the three Baltic states located on Russia’s western border.
Professor Petras told Press TV on…