Deteriorated US/Turkey Relations

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Deteriorated US/Turkey Relations

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

US/Turkish relations soured considerably since the 2016 aborted coup attempt to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He blamed the plot on ex-pat cleric Fethullah Gulen, living in Pennsylvania. Washington refuses to extradite him. No evidence indicates his involvement in what happened. He denies accusations against him.

While Erdogan's relations with America soured, they've grown stronger with Russia since hitting a low point after a Turkish F-16 downed a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft in Syrian airspace on November 24, 2015.

On Sunday, the US embassy in Ankara issued a statement, saying "(w)e have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey."

"Recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of US Mission fac
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