What was supposed to be a virtual conference to discuss how NATO should adapt for 2030 and beyond, turned into a fiery confrontation between several foreign ministers and the Turkish delegation. 

Turkey’s behavior was called out by several foreign ministers but specifically by U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. He was then answered by an equally blunt Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

The fireworks between several ministers and Turkey showed that Turkey is growing increasingly isolated from other members of NATO. This isn’t a great sign for the alliance’s future.

Pompeo referred to the provocative actions of Turkey as contrary to the principles and operation of NATO and said that they ultimately undermine the alliance’s cohesion. He highlighted Turkish actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Turkey’s purchase of the Russian anti-missile system S-400 which he characterized as “a gift to Russia” by a NATO alliance member.