Will Turkey Leave NATO?

A Turkish politician believes Turkey may leave NATO in 5 to 6 months as Turkey’s relations with the Collective West are rapidly deteriorating. 

Ethem Sancak,the deputy leader of the Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi), made this statement on January 25, 2023.   

“The developments prompt us to take such steps. NATO is making us do so with its provocations. They have been seeking to contrast us to our neighbor Turkey. Turkey will leave NATO in five to six months. They have been trying to get us caught in the Middle East crossfire. Finally, you can see campaigns against the Quran in Sweden and the Netherlands,” Turkish newspaper Aydinlik quoted Sancak.

Sancak called attention to the latest polls revealing that at least 80% of the Turkish population believe that “the United States is a country running the most hostile and destructive policy” toward Turkey. “The Turkish people have lately been showing sympathy for Russia and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” the politician said in a concluding remark.

In a similar vein, on January 19, Turkey’s Patriotic Party announced the roll-out of a national campaign calling on Turkey’s leadership to leave the North Atlantic Alliance. Previously, the Patriotic Party repeatedly called on Turkey to shut down US military bases on Turkish territory, tear up the F-16 fighter jet purchase contract, and leave NATO.

It’s up in the air if Turkey will leave NATO. After all, it’s an increasingly Islamicizing autocracy with a pan-Turkic geopolitical twist to boot, so it sticks out like a sore thumb among NATO’s liberal democracies which are marked by progressive wokism and degeneracy. 

Regardless of what ends up happening, all eyes will be on Turkey in the next year as it navigates the uncharted waters of multipolarity.

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