Erdogan Rejects NATO Apology: "There Can Be No Alliance Like That"

Tyler Durden's picture

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is refusing to let NATO off the hook for an inadvertent yet insulting gesture that prompted him to remove 40 Turkish troops from a joint military exercise in Norway.

Russia Today reports that Erdogan has rebuffed a NATO apology for what he called “impudence” after his name was included on an “enemies chart” shared with military officials participating in the exercises. Erdogan’s name was reportedly included alongside a photo of Turkish founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Following the scandal, both NATO and Norway offered their apologies for the incident, saying that the message did not reflect their views. But Erdogan, who has grown increasingly critical of NATO in recent years following clashes with German Leader Angela Merkel, is apparently using the incident as an excuse to widen the rift between Turkey and Brussels.

In late June, Germany was forced to move its troops from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base to Jordan, as Ankara had barred German lawmakers from visiting the site, where some 270 troops participating in the US-led campaign against Islamic State were stationed. In one of the recent schisms in the bilateral relations, Germany put on hold “all big requests” for arms exports from Turkey, leading Turkey to accuse Germany of weakening the former’s fight against terrorism.

“There can be no alliance like that," Erdogan said on Friday, adding that even the removal of those names would not change the decision. On Saturday, despite the officials’ apologies and affirmations, the insulted leader refused to be placated, saying he wouldn’t let NATO off the hook that easily.

"Yesterday, you have witnessed the impudence at NATO exercises in Norway. There are some mistakes that cannot be committed by fools but only by vile people,” Erdogan said in a televised speech. He added that the incident shows “a reflection of a distorted point of view that we have observed in NATO for a while."

"This matter cannot be covered over with a simple apology," Erdogan added.

Of course, despite a brief escalation in tensions over last year over purported violations of Turkey’s airspace, the NATO member has been deepening its ties with Russia, recently completing a purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft systems, which has unnerved Washington and other NATO powers. One top NATO general, Petr Pavel, told reporters last month that Turkey would likely be punished by the alliance for not buying American. Turkey reportedly chose the Russian systems because they were cheaper.

Tensions eased a little in October, when NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Ankara’s decision to purchase the S-400 did not harm the alliance’s interests. While the final details of the deal are being settled, a top US Air Force official warned that it could affect Ankara's planned purchase of 100 F-35 jets.

The decision caused an angry reaction from Ankara, which said the decision weakens its fight against terrorism and jeopardizes European security.

And let’s not forget, perhaps Turkey’s biggest gripe with a fellow NATO member is the US’s refusal to extradite Turkish cleric Fehtullah Gulen, who has been living in Pennsylvania for years after being effectively exiled from Turkey following a falling out with Erdogan.

Given all of the back-and-forth sniping between the US and Turkey in recent months, we doubt Erdogan will let this insult go.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Tallest Skil's picture


NoDecaf's picture

I really don't like Erdogan, but I'm considering sending him a fruit basket and thank you card anyway.

svayambhu108's picture

Turkey has its interest at hear, I mean they lost Erdogan when they wanted to coup d'etat him

Erdogan is just making propaganda stances now for his pro-western audiences at home

TBT or not TBT's picture

NATO should revamp some of its fuel air ordnance with bacon grease. Now THAT would smell like victory.

bobcatz's picture

What did Erdogan THINK?

NATO is controlled by the US which is itself controlled by Israhell.

Adullam's picture

Hey, where did Stizazz and Sincerely_Yours go? Waiting for them to reply to this ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

IH8OBAMA's picture

Erdogan pulled his 40 troops out of a NATO exercise?  40 troops, really?

Kick Turkey out of NATO.  They are probably just Russian spys now anyway.


Omen IV's picture

You don’t get it -obama & Brennan fucked up big time

As usual in the Halls of the Politically Correct

No one at the table tells the Emperors they have no clothes

They never consider action begets reaction and then in turn another action

The Russians play chess for keeps four to ten moves ahead

These make believe leaders of the western world are morons including McVain

Erdogan is in the pivot position and he knows it - he has the best equipped Russian support and the USA is a second rate supplier and more importantly unreliable

The US coup de etat will be said twenty years from now destroyed forever
US in the ME

SA is in a box it cannot get out of with or without the US and Israel on tenterhooks looking for a Russian wall

Obama was a dumb NIGGER - no more no less

A major industrialist in the last century told me as a young man - take the best and the brightest- those that can be controlled because they are stupid will come back and bite you!

bruno_the's picture

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones

Yukon Cornholius's picture

To this point in my life, both Turkey and NATO have added zero benefit. Should either cease to exist would I know...or care?

Iwanttoknow's picture

My history illiterate fellow american, read.Vaccines, Bureaucracy, knifes and forks.

mark3383's picture

start with Berlin first home of the NWO satanists

rbsx's picture

Lol, okay bye then. 

peippe's picture

Now he can apologize for wasting Putin's time proving his son was running blackmarket oil 

out of Iraq & into Turkey.

Internet-is-Beast's picture

Let us hope that Turkey purchases the F-35's, provided they agree to pay for the repairs.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Rumour has it the F35 needs software updates about as often as apple and Microsoft products combined.

HowdyDoody's picture

They also come with a free 'suffocate the pilot' option.

It is such a shame that they can be taken out by storks. Mind you, Storks-200 1970s vintage are probably outside their design spec, requiring a multi-billion dollar upgrade program to rectify it.

LukeWorm's picture

Kick Turkey out of NATO. They're terrorists.

Temple of Truth's picture

Kick NATO out of Turkey. They're terrorists.

It's funny that both sentences are true.

Eyes Opened's picture

And as I write... both are tied 17 green vs. 5 red....    interesting.. 

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0's picture

I don't understand why Turkey is still part of NATO.

Erdogan thinks he is running the new ME caliphate. What he has done in Turkey is nothing less than a brutal crackdown on regular people that wanted to live a secular life while he has pushed a more radical form of Islam. Typical dictator shit. Locking people up. Firing them. Taking away their right to earn a decent living. Taking away their right to criticize him.

When a country starts locking up professors and journalists and promotes a fundamentalist form of religion you know shit has gotten bad and the dictator is about to go full retard.

Based on Erdogan's previous behavior I am guessing he is going to expect a large payment from the US or NATO.

Omen IV's picture

You don’t understand what Gulen did - he is a fucking Marxist and so are all his people

Erdogan did the right thing for his people

Too bad he couldn’t put a bullet in Gulen’s Head

Iwanttoknow's picture

Omen IV, thank you for a good post.I think that Gullen is Frankist-Sabbatean.Thta is the only thing I like about erdogan.He has kept sabbatenas in check.Able danger is right.

HowdyDoody's picture

Gulen is even more of an Islamist than Erdogan. There's no wonder he is on the CIA payroll with qualifications like that.

SoDamnMad's picture

He will need a lot of money from US, Europe and Russia. His currency is collapsing, tourism is not good and the anti-muslim thing has him in the cross-hairs.

Jack Oliver's picture

The entire NATO are FUCKING terrorists !!

mark3383's picture

I'm sure the real reason Turkey purchased the Russian system is incase he breaks with Nato he doesnt want Turkey left defenseless with a bunch of American systems with kill switches that prevent their use without our permission. I believe Nato knows this as well which is why they are so aghast at this deal.  

sushi's picture

The USSA has demonstrated it is capable of gaining access to off-the-grid highly protected Iranian centrifuge plants and inserting malware that causes centrifuge self-destruction through overspeeding.

Suprised the rest of NATO has not taken notice of this fact and asked themselves exacty what will happen if they attempt to use all those expensive USSA military toys in a conflict of which the USSA disapproves.

mark3383's picture

reminds of that scene in Robocop where he tries to arrest the ceo of the company and cant because of the 'prime directive'. Thats exactly what would happen if Turkey tried to use any of our toys against us. 

pitterrier's picture

Sorry, not sorry. Bah bye.

Internet-is-Beast's picture

Used to think this dude was the AC. Now I think it's another ME leader.

Reynard Fox's picture

Probably wasn't a mistake.

NotApplicable's picture

Yeah, this shit doesn't happen on accident.

robertocarlos's picture

Just for that I'm going to buy some Turkish candy, maybe some Turkish Delight if I can find it. Fuck MATO. Canada should buy some Russian jets too.

any_mouse's picture

BS. "saying that the message did not reflect their views."

Then how did that manage to be published on an official document?

I'm guessing that Turkey is no longer supporting ISIS against Russia and Iran might have something to do with the current rift.

The Zionists are not pleased.

DrData02's picture

I reject the NATO apology! Erdogan is a tyrant and dictator. Don't apologize for recognizing him as the enemy.

mark3383's picture

Nato is the enemy you idiot

Malkavian's picture

Yeah, soooo...about those tactical nukes at Incirlik...

Urban Roman's picture

NATO: "Hey, Erdo! Umm, if you could send those back to us, ummm, it'd be good. . ."

Eyes Opened's picture

As we say here.... Possesion is nine tenths of the law.... 

Games Without Frontiers's picture

Ah yes, the “enemies” list, a mere oversight I’m sure. Good news though, NATO only attacks countries with little to no air defenses, as NATO intervention usually means bombing from 35k feet. So those recent purchases of Russian SAM hardware should keep NATO at bay quite nicely.

Offthebeach's picture

Since Carthage, and before, destruction of defenses has been a function of time, and air forces measure time in days now.  Erdy's SAMs would be down in a couple of days., North Koreas, in hours, Syrian vs Isralies,  two hours.

Erdys best card is hordes of rapefugies, yearning for blond taint.

Games Without Frontiers's picture

When was the last time NATO got dirt under its fingernails? Don’t kid yourself, they aren’t going to be testing out Erdogans SAMS. If they can’t bomb from 35k while sipping a latte they aren’t going to bomb. They are a paper tiger military alliance.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

The last time?


The shameful events in '99 in Serbia?

monk27's picture

Yeah, I remeber it now ! It took NATO 70 days to convince those pesky Serbians to cry uncle...

lolmao500's picture

Dont sell anything to turkey. Fuck em. Kick them out of NATO

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Anything that fucks up Uncle Scams stranglehold in that region is a good thing. Leave NATO, Turkey. The USSA is only using you, plus they attempted a coup. Fuck Uncle Scam and look east.

DFCtomm's picture

The Sunnis are our Muslims. We aren't planning a coup against him any more than we're planning a coup against the house of Saud. Where do you nuts come up with this bullshit.