Zerohedge reports that Turkey has withdrawn its troops from a NATO military drill in Norway after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his name and the picture of Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were used in an “enemy chart”.
Anadolu Agency confirms from Ankara that Turkey has withdrawn its troops from a NATO military drill in Norway…
“There was an incident in Norway,” Erdogan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party members in capital Ankara.
“They used an enemy chart in Norway. In that chart, there was my name and [Mustafa Kemal] Ataturk’s picture.”
The president said he was informed about the issue by Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik.
“They told me that they are withdrawing our 40 soldiers from there [Norway],” Erdogan said.
“I told them to do that immediately. There can be no alliance like that.”
How embarrassing for the NATO warmongers.
Anadolu Agency further reports that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday apologized to Turkey after a civilian Norwegian official depicted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an “enemy collaborator” during a NATO drill in Norway.
In a written statement, Stoltenberg said: “I apologize for the offence that has been caused. The incidents were the result of an individual’s actions and do not reflect the views of NATO.
“The individual in question was immediately removed from the exercise by the Joint Warfare Centre, and an investigation is underway.
“He was a civilian contractor seconded by Norway and not a NATO employee. It will be for the Norwegian authorities to decide on any disciplinary action.”
The NATO chief added Turkey is a “valued NATO Ally, which makes important contributions to Allied security”.