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    NATO Has No Right to Dictate Turkey's Foreign Policy - Ambassador

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    NATO has no right to dictate what foreign policy decisions Turkey should take and what countries it should build relations with, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Yardim underlined that Turkey is "independent in creating its foreign policy."

    "The only thing I want to say is that our contacts with other countries that are not members of NATO are nothing exceptional. NATO can in no way limit our contacts with other countries," Yardim said.

    He added that recent reports that Turkey and NATO are reassessing their relations are false and nothing but speculations.

    "All these talks now, that Turkey has problems with NATO, that Turkey could be leaving NATO, that Turkey will reconsider its relations with NATO, this is all a very false and speculative stance, because we are members of this organization and there are no talks of us stopping cooperation," Yardim told reporters.

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