“The U.S., the West and NATO will lose Turkey” - AKP MP

The West and NATO will pay the price for the “completely political” U.S. prosecution of Iranian–Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab when it loses Turkey, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) member of parliament Aydın Ünal wrote in Yeni Şafak newspaper.

“The price when the ties are broken will be paid more by the United States and even NATO than Turkey,” Ünal said.

“For Turkey, it will open the way for new, closer and stronger regional alliances.”

The United States is trying to blackmail Turkey with the case against Zarrab, who alongside Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla is to be tried in New York from Dec. 4 on charges of helping Iran evade U.S. sanction imposed over its nuclear programme.

A break with the West would open up new opportunities for Turkey, Ünal said.

“Turkey’s economy is no longer as fragile as it used to be and we no longer have a Western-oriented economy,” Ünal said.

“Even if the worst-case scenario would create problems, the economy will weather the storm.”

More importantly, U.S. influence had been largely marginalised in the media since a 2013 investigation into government corruption was overturned, he said.