Nato causes Turkey more harm than good, according to Şamil Tayyar
Şamil Tayyar, from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), blasted the intergovernmental military alliance’s commitment to its allies.
Mr Tayyar, who governs Turkey’s southeast Gazientep province, claimed his country had only been negatively affected by Nato since joining the alliance in 1951.
Nato has always been in charge of the dirty and bloody deeds in the country
The former journalist blasted: “Nato has always been in charge of the dirty and bloody deeds in the country. The 1960 military coup was staged by the British, the 1971 coup was staged by the CIA, and the 1980 coup was staged by Nato.”
Mr Tayyar claimed Nato did not envisage a future where the alliance and Erdogan could co-exist together.
He added Nato had “become a threat and is spreading terror organisations across the region” and should be recognised by the Turkish government as another terrorist groups such as ISIS or the Hizmet movement led by exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.
TWO DEAD as bomb rips through Izmir, Turkey wounding 10 people
Thu, January 5, 2017
A car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the western Turkish city of Izmir, wounding at least 10 people and sparking clashes in which at least two "terrorists" were killed, officials and reports said.Several ambulances were rushed to the scene after the blast outside the prosecutors and judges' entrance to the court in the usually peaceful city on the Aegean Sea,
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Cars burn in the street at the site of an explosion in front of the courthouse in Izmir on January 5, 2017.
Turkey joined Nato in 1951
The Turkish government claimed the failed military coup was orchestrated by Gulen, who is in exile in the US. Relations between the two nations have soured after Obama refused to hand-over Gulen to Turkish authorities.
Mr Tayyar mooted that relations could improve under the Trump administration as the US President had previously expressed his admiration for the Turkish leader.
In a swipe against the former President, Erdogan himself said: "I believe we will accelerate dialogue when Mr Trump takes office.
"I believe we will reach a consensus with Mr Trump, particularly on regional issues."
Nato exists as a product because of the Cold War, according to Tayyar
Mr Tayyar also questioned whether it was worth Turkey staying in the military alliance as it had turned into a structure threatening Turkey, rather than protecting it”, according to RT.
He said: “Nato exists as a product of the Cold War era.”
Erdogan has moaned at Nato's reluctance to provide air support for Turkish ground operations in Syria.
Ankara has recently began conducting joint military missions with Putin in Syria.