“There are a lot of cracks in NATO, which have since deepened even more. And the matter is now not only in Turkey, ”RIA Novosti quoted her as saying.

She noted that "alliances meet the interests of a certain era, and when they disappear, the question arises of the need for organization."

According to her, shortly before the outbreak of war in Iraq, "NATO was already close to an explosion."

Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called Turkey’s distance from NATO and its rapprochement with Russia a worrying issue.