Pompeo: 'Unfortunate' if Turkey leaves NATO

Pompeo: 'Unfortunate' if Turkey leaves NATO

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should resist any temptation to leave NATO in pursuit of Russian friendship.

"It would be unfortunate for NATO; it’d be unfortunate for the United States, and I think even more unfortunate for the people of Turkey if that were to become the case," Washington Examiner cited Pompeo as saying.

When asked if the United States is approaching “a moment where Turkey’s future as a NATO nation and as an ally comes into question," the Secretary of State was uncertain.

"I hope not," Pompeo replied. "We are hopeful that Turkey and President Erdogan will come to understand the U.S. is a better partner than Iran, and the direction that President Erdogan ought to go is to support deeper relationships with the United States and with Europe and with NATO."

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