'Islamist dictatorship' Turkey Replaces Pro-Western NATO Officials with Pro-Russia-China-Iran Figures: Times. (AW)
Turkey has replaced pro-western military officers in diplomatic and NATO posts with pro-Russia-China-Iran figures, The Times claimed.
In the wake of failed military coup in Turkey, the government has recalled or retired some 150 officers in ranks of NATO.
A number of those dismissed have written to General Scaparrotti voicing concerns about their replacements.
One leaked email, The Times reports, alleges "I and my Turkish colleagues observe a considerable rise of ultra-nationalist, anti-western sentiments within our military and throughout our state departments".
"It is very worrying to witness that some of the newcomers from Turkey to Nato have a radical mindset, some question the values of Nato and even hate western organisations while holding pro-Russia-China-Iran sentiments," the report adds.
Among those reportedly replaced are two senior officers in the Turkish defence attache's office in London.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has revealed that some Turkish officers working at the alliance had applied for asylum in Europe.
General Scaparrotti said he had no suspicion that any of the Turkish officers might have been involved in a coup plot.
Turkey has one of Nato’s largest armies, and is a strategic bridge to the Middle East and Black Sea region.
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