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Turkey Plays Down U.S. Suggestions of NATO Exit After Failed Coup

  • Alliance still needs Turkey for bases and Black Sea access
  • Turkey’s membership goes back to 1952 and the Cold War
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Why Turkey Is a Nation Divided

The failed coup in Turkey may have revived a debate in Washington over whether the country should remain in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and a host to U.S. nuclear weapons, but the response in Ankara and some U.S. diplomatic circles is simply puzzlement.

Secretary of State John Kerry said last month Turkey’s post-putsch crackdown risked violating the military bloc’s standards of democracy, prompting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to issue a statement of reassurance that Turkey’s 64-year membership is solid.