Nov 20 2017

Erdoğan adviser calls for Turkey's NATO withdrawal

Turkey's parliament must consider withdrawing the country from the NATO, said Yalçın Topçu, a senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to Habertürk newspaper.

NATO is behind every military coup and the dependence of defence industries. The time has come to reconsider our membership of NATO. We cannot just ignore this institution, which is showing every kind of enmity towards our membership. Parliament should urgently take up the matter of our continued existence in this organisation.

The comments came after Erdoğan said on Saturday that NATO’s trustworthiness has come further into question following a recent incident at a Norwegian military exercise at which his and Turkey’s founding president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, were added to a list of enemies.

“At the time when the threat to our country from Syria is at its peak, NATO has taken back its missile defence systems and given the impression it will not take any action if there is an attack on Turkey,” Erdoğan told a crowd at a rally in the Black Sea city of Rize. “Its trustworthiness has been called into question for all members."

Topçu became an adviser to Erdoğan last year. He is a former culture and tourism minister and an ex-head of the nationalist Grand Unity Party (BBP).