Turkish party says country will leave NATO this year, Erdogan denied
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The nationalist Rodina Party supports Russia's invasion of Ukraine and believes that Turkey should stop its membership in the Alliance. In January, the political force launched a large-scale “Let's leave NATO” campaign.
The deputy chairman of the Turkish Motherland party, Ethem Sanjak, said on January 24 that the country could withdraw from the North Atlantic Alliance. His words are quoted by Aydinlik.
According to Sandzak, the country is allegedly being forced to this decision by “provocations of the West.”
“Turkey will leave NATO in five to six months. They are trying to drag us into whirlpool in the Middle East. Finally, you see actions against the Koran in Sweden and the Netherlands,” he commented.
Founded in 2015, the Rodina nationalist party is known for its pro-Russian stance. The head of the political force Dogu Perincek, in particular, supported the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
“Mr. Putin knows that US threats cannot be stopped by statements. The Russian military operation, the weapons used by Russia, are the weapons that bring peace and tranquility,” Perincek told Russian journalists on February 24, when the Russian armed forces invaded Ukraine.< /p>
At the same time, he stressed that Turkey will take “its place among the founders of a new civilization.”
On January 19 this year, the party launched a nationwide propaganda campaign “Let's leave NATO.”
< p>“A strong NATO is a strong threat. In an attempt to expand to the east, NATO is besieging our country with its bases inside and outside Turkey,” the political force's website said in a statement.
As part of the campaign, Turkish cities must put tables for collecting signatures of citizens under the corresponding petitions. The party also promises to hold rallies and protests against NATO bases in the country.
Turkey's withdrawal from NATO: Erdogan's position
Meanwhile, in the ruling Justice and Development Party [the head of the party is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] stated that Turkey's withdrawal from the North Atlantic Alliance was not even discussed. The press secretary of the political force, Omer Celik, said this on Turkish television, Haber Sol reports. he commented.
Celik recalled that Turkey is one of the founding countries of the military-political bloc, so it does not intend to leave it.