Dünyada özgürlüklerin durumunu takip eden Özgürlük Evi (Freedom House) adlı kuruluşun yıllık raporunda yer alan bulgular Washington’da düzenlenen panelde tartışıldı. Amerikan Girişimcilik Enstitüsü’nün ev sahipliği yaptığı ve Cumhuriyetçi Senatör Ben Sasse’nin de konuşmacılar arasında bulunduğu panelde, Türkiye’ye de eleştiriler yöneltildi
“Turkey’s NATO membership should be questioned,” Republican senator says
The decline in Turkey’s human rights record, and its planned purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defence system are causing some U.S. lawmakers to question the country’s NATO membership, U.S. public broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) reported.
Ben Sasse, a Republican senator for Nebraska, was quoted by VOA as saying that Turkey’s freedom record “had been turned upside down”. He spoke during a panel hosted by Washington D.C.-based conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute.
Sasse said, in comments translated by Ahval from VOA's Turkish news service:
(Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan used the war on Turkey’s borders and the failed coup attempt to extend and intensify his control over all political life; he has limited the ability of freedom advocates to operate in the country, outside of those inside the government.
Speaking of the S-400s, he said: “The continuation of Turkey’s NATO membership should be questioned.”