Turkey coup could threaten country's NATO membership, Kerry warns

Turkey coup could threaten country
# 18 July 2016 15:33 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Turkey could fall foul of NATO's "requirement with respect to democracy" if it fails to uphold the rule of law in the wake of an attempted coup, the US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned, the British online newspaper Independent reported.

The Turkish government's response to the failed coup has alarmed both the US and the EU, after it described the plotters as a "cancer" which had to be "cleansed" from public institutions.

A State Department spokesman has suggested it is "too soon to say" if a clampdown by the Erdogan government could jeopardize Turkey's membership of NATO.

But NATO's leadership has made it clear that a commitment to "uphold democracy, including tolerating diversity" is one of the five core requirements for members of the alliance.

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