In an outburst following NATO’s perceived lack of backing after the failed coup, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened Turkey would “think of exit” if NATO did not step up to defend the country. He also warned if the West “loses” Turkey it would be because of its own mistakes, not Ankara’s improving ties with Russia, China or the Middle East.

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On the issue of support for the Turkish government after the failed coup, the statement added: “The NATO Secretary General spoke to the Turkish Foreign Minister on the night of the attempted coup and later with President Erdogan, strongly condemning the attempted coup and reiterating full support for Turkey’s democratic institutions.