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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 09:26 PM

Paper tiger politics: US Congress hotheads want to kick Turkey out of NATO


9 Oct, 2019 09:20 / Updated 14 hours ago

Members of the US Congress have threatened to kick Turkey out of NATO if it sent troops into northern Syria against Washington’s Kurdish allies. What would be the consequences of such a step?

If Ankara launches a military operation against the Kurds in Syria, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said he would submit a bill that would suspend Turkey’s NATO membership.

Similar statements have been made in the US before – in January 2018, for example, when Turkish forces were engaged in fighting near Afrin, and Fox News aired an opinion that Turkey should be pushed out of NATO. The channel is known to have the ear of US President Donald Trump. The call was repeated in July 2019, during another escalation over Cyprus.

It is not yet clear what procedures will be invoked to execute the ruling. The NATO treaty does not provide for a clear procedure of expulsion. There is Article 13, which reads as follows:

“After the Treaty has been in force for twenty years, any Party may cease to be a Party one year after its notice of denunciation has been given to the Government of the United States of America, which will inform the Governments of the other Parties of the deposit of each notice of denunciation.”

No word of expulsion, only ceasing to be a member at one’s own initiative. To date, the only example of this was France’s voluntary suspension of any engagement in the bloc’s military structures, under Charles de Gaulle. It appears Brussels (or Washington) would first have to draft the expulsion procedure, get it approved by all the NATO members, and then use the legally binding act to somehow push Turkey out. So far, it is unclear how US threats versus Ankara could materialize.

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https://www.rt.com/op-ed/470505-turkey-nato-us-syria/

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 09:39 PM

1. You can't make up your mind which side you are on

I mean, besides Russias

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 09:52 PM

2. BS

Read the treaty, they can't be "kicked out".

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Response to def_con5 (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 09:52 PM

3. We agree on this.

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