Kerry warns Turkey over coup crackdown

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Turkey not to go too far with its ongoing detainment and ouster of thousands of military personnel, police officers and judges accused of involvement in last weekend’s failed coup attempt.

The top US diplomat, who delivered the remarks on Monday at a meeting of the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers in Brussels, said that Turkey may lose its membership in the NATO military alliance if it fails to maintain democratic principles.

Turkey has been a member of NATO since 1952.

“We will certainly support bringing the perpetrators of the coup to justice but we also caution against a reach that goes beyond that and stress the importance of the democratic rule being upheld,” Kerry told journalists.

“A lot of people have been arrested and arrested very quickly,” he added. “The level of vigilance and scrutiny is going to be very significant in the days ahead.”

Kerry noted that NATO “has a requirement…

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