Fethullah Gulen’s movement was founded by the US special services, claims a Turkish prosecutor. Authorities in Ankara have accused the US-based cleric of masterminding the attempted military coup on July 15.
EU nations don’t want Turkey as a full member state, but rather they want a special relationship with the country, and keep it as a buffer zone between the Middle East, Adel Darwish, political commentator, historian and author told RT.
Turkey’s ambassador to Russia has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance has no right to dictate foreign policy to Ankara. Meanwhile, Turkey’s foreign minister reiterated that his country has options outside of NATO when it comes to defense cooperation.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at the EU for its mixed reaction to the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while adding that if the West “loses” Turkey, it will be due to its own mistakes.
Speculation Turkey has given up hope of joining the EU, means it is looking for assistance and friendship elsewhere in the region, with Russia being a key factor in the game, said Peter Schulze from the University of Goettingen.
A Turkish military officer is reportedly seeking asylum in the US, in a move that could further strain relations between the two countries. The officer was in the US on a NATO assignment and wanted sanctuary after being recalled to Turkey.