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Erdogan defies Trump

Erdogan defies Trump

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Turkey attacks the US

The number one news in Turkey, with which all the newscasts of TV channels begin, is the so-called "visa scandal". After the Turkish authorities arrested the officer of the US Consulate General in Istanbul, Metina Topuza, the Turkish citizen, accusing him of "violating the Constitution," "trying to shift the government" and "espionage," Washington suspended the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in all diplomatic missions in Turkey. Ankara answered in a mirror and, it seems, was playing the staging political intrigue. Because soon in Istanbul the General Prosecutor's Office issued a warrant for the arrest of another Turk, who works in the American diplomatic mission. And his testimony can be sensational.

Initially, the Turkish press reported that the head office of the US State Department was allegedly not involved in the events, and the initiative to promote the "visa scandal" comes from the American ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, whom US President Donald Trump 20 July this year suggested sending to represent the interests of the United States in Afghanistan, and 28 September 2017 his candidacy was approved by the Senate (although it is still unclear when he will leave Ankara). The website of the US Embassy in Turkey posted a statement by Bass, in which he said that, firstly, the issuance of visas to Turkish citizens depends on the success of negotiations between the two sides and it is not known how long it will take to resolve the conflict. Secondly, that the US and Turkish governments have to discuss the reasons for the detention of US consulate employees. There is a version that Ankara thus tries to strike at people who are suspected of cooperation with the well-known Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who is in exile in the US. As you know, this voluntary exile in Turkey is accused of organizing an attempted military coup last summer.

American Ambassador to Turkey John Boss

Being currently on a visit to Serbia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the following: "I will say openly and frankly. I do not consider Bass a representative of his country in Turkey anymore. He will be refused admission on my part, on the part of the government and parliament. " Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim addressed the representatives of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Justice and Development Party: "We brought a case against our citizens. Is it that the fact that they work in the US consulate requires a special relationship to them? "However, it later became clear that the American ambassador did not act on his own. State Department spokesman Heather Nauert did not disavow Bass's competence, saying that "the US expresses deep concern over the arrest of an employee of his embassy in Turkey." And she noted: "The main issue for the Turkish government is what is happening and what they want to achieve." According to her, after the incident, the situation in the US-Turkish relations has changed.

Many Turkish experts are wondering why Erdogan now went with a diplomatic attack on the US, again appealing to Washington to determine who he is going to support - the Turkish government or Gulen. At the same time, well aware that the Americans will not give out a preacher. There are several reasons. The first: the desire to preempt the actions of certain forces aimed at destabilizing the situation inside the country. The second: using an alliance with Russia and Iran in the Syrian direction, to start a new dialogue with the US from a position of advantage, to force Washington to abandon the support of Kurdish forces in Syria, which Ankara considers terrorists. Third: as the well-known Turkish professor Mehmet Shakhin stated to the 24 TV channel, "the first such demarche in the country's recent history is connected with Ankara's fears about the consequences of the referendum on independence in Iraqi Kurdistan. The fact that Washington is leading the process of federalization to Turkey. "

Map of Kurdistan

In this connection, the Turkish media cite the fragments of the memoirs of the former US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, published in the West, in which he directly points out that "the Americans' support of the Kurds was the main reason that Turkey from the ally turned into a" pest ". Carter also claims that his active operations against IGIL (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) and a specific plan for conducting military operations in Syria and Iraq are still being implemented. But anyway, the current "visa crisis" between Turkey and the US looks just like the tip of the iceberg. Nobody knows whether Erdogan will continue to promote the scandal (for example, the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak "warns" that "if Turkey withdraws from NATO, then the US will find it difficult to stay in Afghanistan"), or soon Ankara and Washington will start to take steps towards each other , to which the Pentagon began to call. Will wait.

Stanislav Tarasov
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