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Friday, August 12, 2016

TURKEY READY TO BREAK FREE FROM NATO-EXCLUSIVELY AND EXPLORE OTHER OPTIONS

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu signaled his country's readiness to develop defense cooperation outside NATO, the German news network N-TV reported.


Cavusoglu noted, in particular, that the air defense systems installed by NATO do not cover the entire territory of Turkey.
"We want to make our own [missile] defense system… and we have relevant technology for the purpose. Other countries outside NATO also have advanced technology and know-how," Cavusoglu said.
At the same time, the top Turkish diplomat made it clear that Ankara is not going to withdraw from the alliance.
He was echoed by Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim, who said that recent reports that Turkey and NATO are reassessing their relations and that "Turkey could be leaving NATO" hold no water.
He added, however, that NATO has no right to dictate what foreign policy decisions Turkey should take and what countries it should build relations with.
Yardim underscored that Turkey is "independent in creating its foreign policy."