Will Turkey leave the NATO? This is an important question after intensified discord between Turkey and the NATO, especially the US.

The Olive Branch operation, Turkish operation against Kurds in northern Syria, was not the main reason behind tied relationships between Turkey and the NATO. The operation was a turning point in the relationships between Ankara and Washington. Obviously, Turkey is now a close friend of Russia, the traditional threat of the NATO States.

The Turkish-American dispute is likely to shift from the political to a military one. The Turkey, U.S. forces are on course for a clash in Manbij, Syria. The Trump administration is aware of the consequences of the Turkish challenge to the US role in Syria.

There are other issues no less important that the Kurdish issue in the Turkish-American relations. The two parties are concerned about the future of Syria and the Russian and Iranian roles in the region.

The intensified dispute between Washington and Ankara began with the US announcement to form a troop of 30,000 fighters against Al-Assad regime. Turkey was alert about the threat of creating such a force and waged a war in north Syria.

France rejected the Turkish idea of invading Syria.

Turkey's hints of withdrawal from the NATO are now reverberating in the Turkish media outlets. Many Turkish observers see that strategic alliances no longer allow Ankara to remain within the NATO.

The strong signal from Turkey on the future of relationships with the NATO was issued through the deal of the S 400 Russian missiles. How can the second force in the NATO get arms from Russia?

There has been growing cooperation between Russia and Turkey in recent years. The two sides have common interests, perhaps to a higher degree than Turkey's interests with the NATO. Ankara has been slammed more than once by the NATO. Turkey's request to join the EU was refused. The image of Turkey's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the name of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were put on a plate of targets during NATO military exercises in Norway.

The term insult has been used by Turkish politicians in their response to the statements of the leaders of the NATO. The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, considered the recent statements of the French President Emmanuel Macron on the Olive Branch operation as an insult. Macron warned Turkey that its operations against Kurdish militants should not be an excuse to invade Syria.

These remarks followed Macron's proposal for Turkey to cooperate with the EU instead of joining the union.

The French proposal followed a meeting between Macron and Erdogan. Macron attempted to soften the implications of the proposal. The French president said that the aim of his proposal is to maintain Turkey's ties with the EU and to make its future based on cooperation with the EU. However, the message was clear that there is no place for Ankara in the EU.

Macron's rejection of Turkey's request to join the EU was not an insult. President Erdogan showed an inappropriate position from a country claiming power or prestige. "We cannot continuously ask the EU, 'please take us, too' now," Erdogan said.

Turkey has received a series of successive insults both from the NATO and its European partners. There was a growing crisis of confidence between Turkey and the NATO in recent years. Germany withdrew its forces from the Incirlik base in Turkey. As a matter of fact, Turkey’s future in the NATO is questionable.

It is difficult to predict the possibility of Turkey's withdrawal. It is not so easy. But it also remains problematic for European countries, especially given the uncertainty about Trump's commitment to defend its NATO partners in Europe.

It is not that easy. Economic and strategic relationships make it difficult for Turkey to be an enemy of the NATO.