NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan that in the countries of the Alliance may not be the place for military coups. About the content of the conversation, as reported by Reuters, said a senior Turkish official.
Stoltenberg expressed Erdogan full support of the actions of the Turkish government, said the Agency interlocutor. According to him, the German Chancellor also spoke Monday by phone with Erdogan and condemned the attempted coup as unacceptable.
On Monday, as reported by Bloomberg, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said that NATO will have to evaluate, if Turkey of democratic values amid a wave of arrests after a failed attempt of a military coup, taken in the night of Saturday, the military rebels.
“NATO has a requirement to respect democracy, and NATO is very carefully study what is happening,” Kerry said to journalists after a meeting of interior Ministers of the European Union”. He explained that “many people were arrested, and arrested very quickly.”
Only after the failure of the revolt in Turkey was arrested about 7.5 thousand people, said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. According to him, among the detainees 316 people were placed under arrest.
Turkey is a NATO member since 1952. During this period, the country has witnessed three military coups — in 1960, 1971 and 1980. In 1997 the military forced the resignation of the Islamist government of Necmettin Erbakan.
During the tenure of Erdogan, first as Minister and then as President in Turkey has passed a number of processes over the military, accused of plotting a coup. So in 2003, Turkish authorities announced the failure of the coup, which was allegedly prepared by former commanders of the Navy and air force. Since 2008 in Turkey periodically passed to the arrests and trials of high-ranking military, who supposedly was a secret nationalist organization “Ergenekon”.