Türkiye Contemplates NATO Exit in Six Months, Says Patriotic Party Deputy Leader



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Türkiye Contemplates NATO Exit in Six Months, Says Patriotic Party Deputy Leader
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Ethem Sancak, deputy leader of Türkiye's Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi), has made a startling statement suggesting that Türkiye may exit NATO within the next five to six months. This announcement comes amid increasing provocations and a growing anti-American sentiment within Türkiye.

Rising Anti-NATO Sentiments in Türkiye

Sancak's assertion reflects a significant shift in Turkish public opinion towards NATO and the United States. Citing recent polls, he noted that approximately 80% of the Turkish population views the United States as a country that pursues hostile and destructive policies against Türkiye.

"The Turkish people have lately been showing sympathy for Russia and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin," Sancak added, indicating a potential realignment in Türkiye's international relations. The Patriotic Party, known for its anti-American stance, has been vocal in its criticism of NATO and the presence of US military bases in Türkiye.

The party has also called for the cancellation of the F-16 purchase contract and a withdrawal from NATO. This stance is further bolstered by a survey conducted by Turkish pollster Gezici, which found that 72.8% of Turks favored good relations with Russia, while less than a quarter perceived Moscow as hostile.

Official Response and Future Implications

Omer Celik, the spokesperson for Türkiye's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), dismissed the idea of leaving NATO as “mind-blowing”. He emphasized Türkiye's longstanding membership in NATO and suggested that calls for its exit could lead to the destabilization of the alliance.

The Vatan Party's position goes beyond NATO, advocating for Türkiye to abandon its aspirations to join the European Union and instead strengthen ties with China and Russia. The party also suggests improving relations with Iran and Syria, countries currently facing US sanctions and pressure.

Sancak, who joined the Vatan Party last year, has been a politically active figure for decades and holds significant business interests in various sectors, including media. The debate over Türkiye's NATO membership highlights the country's evolving foreign policy and its implications for international relations. As tensions rise, the future of Türkiye's position within NATO remains uncertain

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