US Hints Turkey Might Be Expelled From NATO Over Crackdown on Coup Members
In the wake of Friday’s failed coup attempt in Turkey, the government launched a major crackdown on those accused of being involved. But the sweeping punishments are evidently a concern for Western allies.
Over the weekend, the Turkish government arrested over 2,000 military personnel believed to be involved in the attempted coup. Additional orders have been given for over 8,000 police officers, civil servants, and regional governors to either step down or face arrest.
The mass crackdown has evidently caused concern among Turkey’s key allies, with US Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concerns about Ankara’s lack of judicial due process.
“We also firmly urge the government of Turkey to maintain calm and stability throughout the country, and we also urge the government of Turkey to uphold higher standards of respect for the nation’s democratic institutions and the rule of law,” Kerry told reporters on Monday.
“We will certainly support bringing the perpetrators of the coup to justice, but we also caution against a reach that goes well beyond that.”
Kerry went further, warning that Turkey’s actions could threaten its membership in the NATO alliance.