ANKARA, 20 Nov â€“ RIA Novosti. The scandalous incident at the NATO exercise Trident Javelin 8-17 November in Norway, which was the reason for the review with them the Turkish military could be a provocation of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO), said the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Ã¶mer Ã§elik.
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the organizers of the exercises put a stand with portraits of “enemies”, one of them was a picture of the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the “enemies” were also included among the current Turkish leader. According to Erdogan, the head of the Turkish General staff told him what had happened and said he made the decision to revoke 40 Turkish soldiers who participated in NATO exercises. The Turkish authorities supported this decision.
Apologies for any insults Turkey during a training exercise in Norway twice brought the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Minister of defence of Norway Frank Bakke-Jensen expressed regret, however, Erdogan stated that he considers it insufficient.
“Official Ankara has stressed that in no way tolerate disrespect for the founder of the Turkish Republic, Ataturk and its current President Erdogan. Turkey will monitor further developments to ensure that such incidents do not recur. It seems that the incident is a result of provocations FETO, so Turkey expects that the incident will be investigated properly and will take all necessary measures,” Celik was quoted by the Anadolu news Agency.
He added that a civilian employee of the armed forces of Norway that caused the scandal should be punished for their actions.
The Turkish authorities accused the FETO of involvement in the coup attempt in July last year. Gulen in the United States, condemned her and rejected the accusations.