NATO has responded to recent reports over Turkey’s membership and the alliance’s stance regarding the failed coup attempt of July 15 in the country, saying it was not a question of debate.
“The NATO secretary general spoke to the Turkish foreign minister on the night of the attempted coup and later with President Erdoğan, strongly condemning the attempted coup and reiterating full support for Turkey’s democratic institutions. He expressed support for the elected government of Turkey and respect for the courage of the Turkish people. He also conveyed his condolences for those who had lost their lives during the coup attempt,” the statement read.
“NATO stood by Turkey in its hard times. [The] July 15 [failed coup] was an attack on democratic institutions. NATO condemned the July 15 [failed coup] in the most powerful expressions and appreciated the Turkish people’s stance. Turkey’s NATO membership is not in question. Turkey is a reliable ally of NATO. There has been no deficiency in Turkey’s contributions to NATO. I hope that the statement would remove different comments. NATO’s official statements should be relied [upon]. NATO attributes importance to [Turkey’s current] dialogue with Russia,” İldem told private broadcaster NTV.