The head of the Turkish foreign Ministry demanded concrete steps to restore confidence between the two countries
Ankara is stepping up pressure ahead of the visit of U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Turkey. The Minister of foreign Affairs urged Washington to take specific measures in response to concern of Turkey regarding the support that America is providing the Kurdish groups in Syria, threatening that otherwise the relations between the countries will be destroyed.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu presented US an ultimatum, speaking Monday on the sidelines of the conference “Turkey-Africa” in Istanbul.
According to him, the relations between Turkey and the United States is at a critical point when they can either improve or completely stop. Cavusoglu said that Turkey needs no promises, but concrete steps to restore mutual confidence, the loss of which he accused the United States.
Discord in the relations between the two NATO allies linked to the fact that Washington supports Kurdish “people’s protection Units” in the fight against militants of the “Islamic state” in Syria. Ankara considers NDF terrorist group linked with the Kurdish separatists in Turkey.
Last month, Turkish troops entered the territory controlled by the Kurds of the Syrian region of Afrin, in spite of numerous calls from Washington not to intervene in the conflict.
Turkey has threatened to expand its operations and launch an offensive on the Syrian town of Manbij, where, along with the ONS and present American troops. Washington criticized Ankara criticized, saying that the operation conducted by Turkish troops in Syria, undermining efforts to combat the “Islamic state”.
At the same time the Chairman questioned the commitment of Washington in the fight against the Islamists.
According to him, the USA do not attack the militants in Syria in order to have a pretext for continuing cooperation with OEF.
The U.S. government has not yet responded to the allegations by the Turkish Minister.
On Sunday Advisor to the President for national security Herbert McMaster met in Istanbul with Turkish adviser on foreign Affairs Ibrahim Kalina. After the meeting, a statement was issued in which both sides expressed their commitment to long-term strategic relationships.
However, analysts have drawn attention to the fact that the statement does not mention the settlement of disputes between the two countries.
As expected, the U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson, who will arrive in Turkey this week in the framework of a middle East tour, will present his Turkish counterpart a list of issues that concern the United States.