Turkey withdraws 40 troops from NATO military exercise in Norway

Turkey withdraws 40 troops from NATO military exercise in Norway

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decided the immediate withdrawal of forty (40) soldiers from Turkey who were in Norway for a NATO drill after “the country’s founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Erdogan himself were allegedly depicted as ‘enemies'”, during the drills, reports the Associated Press (AP).

Earlier on Friday, November 17, addressing his ruling party’s provincial leaders, the Turkish leader said (…) “said he had personally instructed the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish troops ‘even if those names are removed’ from the table.”

Erdogan, referring to the alliance with NATO, underlined that “There can be no such pact, no such alliance.”…/IBNA

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