At a time when the NATO membership of Turkey is questioned in the country at the state level, the Sunday Times covered an alleged complaint email written by a senior Turkish officer to General Curtis Scaparrotti, the alliance’s top commander.
A senior Turkish officer who recently dismissed from a critical role within NATO have written to General Curtis Scaparrotti, the alliance’s top commander, saying that 'Eurasianist officers' are in the ascendancy in the Turkish military as Turkey is replacing pro-western military officers in diplomatic and NATO posts across Europe with Eurasianist officers.
“I and my Turkish colleagues observe a considerable rise of ultra-nationalist, anti-western sentiments within our military and throughout our state departments,” a senior Turkish officer and NATO commander wrote last week. “It is very worrying to witness that some of the newcomers from Turkey to NATO have a radical mindset, some question the values of NATO and even hate western organisations while holding pro-Russia-China-Iran sentiments.”
At least two senior officers in the Turkish defence attaché’s office at the embassy in London were ordered back to Turkey after the July coup attempt, according to a former NATO official. Both sought advice from British military counterparts about the possibility of claiming asylum in the UK.
General Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, admitted after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers this week that his allied command operations had lost half its strength when 150 Turkish military personnel were purged.
His comments prompted a natural reaction in the Turkish press, with many accusing him of openly supporting Fethullah Gulen, the leader of Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which was responsible for orchestrating the failed coup in Turkey in July 2016.
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