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

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.


Omen IV IH8OBAMA Sat, 11/18/2017 - 17:30 Permalink

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!

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 LukeWorm Sat, 11/18/2017 - 16:23 Permalink

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.

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mark3383 Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:20 Permalink

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 mark3383 Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:57 Permalink

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.

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any_mouse Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:32 Permalink

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.

Games Without … Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

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.

To Hell In A H… Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:49 Permalink

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.