NATO says Turkey 'valued ally,' membership not in question

Fugitive pro-FETO rear admiral seeks asylum in US

His comments reflect the deep frustration in Turkey over the perception that Europe and the United States have given lukewarm support to Ankara after the failed July 15 coup, when a faction of the military commandeered tanks and warplanes in an attempt to topple the government.

In an interview with the state-run Anadolu agency, Cavusoglu also said that President Vladimir Putin had said Russian Federation would lift embargos on Turkish products and that, if needed, additional agreements would be signed to ensure work goes ahead on the TurkStream gas pipeline project.

Turkey is pressing the United States to extradite US -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of orchestrating the coup attempt, and has expressed frustration at its slow response.

"On July 22, he left his badges and his ID at the base and after that no one has heard anything from him", the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The asylum bid is the first known case involving an ex-Turkish military officer in the United States. "They have failed the test following the coup attempt", he said in the interview, which was broadcast live.

While Reuters does not officially name the military officer, it quotes an official at the Turkish Embassy to Washington as saying Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Mustafa Uğurlu had failed to report to authorities.

"They and their collaborators may go into some individual actions, assassinations".

"But there's no detention order for them", the official said.

Turkey, which has NATO's second largest armed forces and aspires to membership in the European Union, has discharged thousands of soldiers and about 40 percent of its military's generals since the coup attempt.

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