Virus-stricken European countries Italy and Europe received a cargo plane of essential medical supplies from Turkey on the first day of April. Both countries and the NATO chief John Stotolnberg hailed the move which was considered a great sign of solidarity, something NATO members have been missing in a long time.
Turkish cargo plane took off on Wednesday morning from the capital Ankara. The cargo included masks, overalls and anti-bacterial fluids, produced domestically in the Defence Ministry’s factories. Turkish government also sent a message to its NATO allies from a renown Turkish sufi Mevlana. “There are many hopes behind despairs, there are many suns after dark,” read the message on each package both in Italian and Spanish.
NATO chief John Stoltenberg took advantage of the opportunity to send out a message of solidarity something NATO countries have been lacking since the outbreak of Coronavirus. “#NATO solidarity in action: Turkey sending a cargo plane with medical supplies to Italy & Spain today to support our joint fight against #COVID19,” said Jens Stoltenberg on Twitter. “Proud to see NATO Allies supporting each other through our disaster relief center. #StrongerTogether,” he added.
However, there have been some complains to NATO and its chief Stoltenberg on Twitter. Prominent journalist Hakki Ocal posted a reply to Stoltenberg reminding him that NATO did not provide Turkey much-needed Patriot missiles when Turkey was under attack of Syrian regime and its Iranian proxies in Idlib.
Despite the reaction most Turks were happy that their countries managed to stand in solidarity with its European allies when Europe turned into the epicenter if the Covid-19 epidemic. Many images have recently been emerged from both Italy and Spain showing European Union flags being taken down and burnt. “With the much-needed help, Turkey may have provided a fresh air to save the European Union as well,” said one expert.
Italy’s death toll reached 12,428 on Tuesday, the highest globally. Spain have reported 8,189 fatalities so far.