ANKARA, Nov 21 â€“ RIA Novosti, Alain Palazhchenko. Turkey is not going to break off relations with NATO, but the scandalous incident at the exercises of the Alliance in Norway should be thoroughly investigated, said the press Secretary of the President Ibrahim Kalin on Tuesday.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the organizers of the NATO exercise Trident Javelin, which took place 8-17 July in Norway, put the stand with the 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.
“No,” he answered a question of the correspondent of TV channel France 24, will Turkey sever relations with NATO in connection with this incident.
He added that Turkey is a few decades is part of NATO.
“Of course, such incidents should be thoroughly investigated: who did it, who placed the portrait. Now we rely on the statements of NATO. There is, we believe, an investigation, a few people fired. But we want to understand how such a thing could happen in a military Alliance and would not repeat. Such things are unacceptable to any country. It can be expected that a similar incident towards the Creator of our state and its current President will cause a corresponding reaction”, â€” quotes the Kalin channel.
He also criticized the U.S. for supporting the self-defense forces of Syrian Kurds, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization, associated with the country banned Kurdistan workers ‘ party. In addition, the Kalin recalled that in the US, home of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whose supporters are engaged in activities against Turkey.
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.
As stated by the chief Advisor to the President of Turkey yalchyn Trample, Turkey needs to reconsider its membership in NATO, as the Alliance pursues a hostile policy towards Ankara.