Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the country's troops have left ongoing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation war games ahead of schedule, after his name appeared in an "enemy chart". "There can be no alliance like that", Erdogan told members of his ruling AK Party in Ankara.
Nato's website describes the Trident Javelin exercise in Stavanger, southern Norway, as a "computer assisted exercise without troops on the ground", meant to improve command structures for large operations. "Now, the rates have been raising, the inflation has raised to double digits", Erdogan said.
Tensions eased a little in October, when NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ankara's decision to purchase the S-400 did not harm the alliance's interests.
The Joint Warfare Center, which conducts the drills, is a multinational North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unit some 200 kilometers southwest of Oslo. "There are some mistakes that are done not by fools but only by base people", Erdogan said in an event in northeastern Rize.
"This matter can not be covered over with a simple apology", he added.
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"The message does not reflect Norway's views or policies and I apologize for the content of the message". On Saturday, despite the officials' apologies and affirmations, the insulted leader remained steadfast, saying that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can not easily get away with the incident.
Speaking at an event in Ankara on Saturday, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said they can not accept the "insult" towards Turkey's history and today's Turkey.
He said they expect a satisfactory statement from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials regarding the incident.
In the phone call, Stoltenberg also informed the Turkish president that an inquiry had been initiated by the commanding officer and the contracted Norwegian technician involved in the incident was terminated immediately. "We strongly condemn this".
"They said they had chose to pull our troops out and will do so, so we told them to not stop and go ahead and take our 40 soldiers out of there".