US-Turkish relations .. Are heading towards estrangement? What is Erdogan’s relationship?

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US relations with Turkey are close to a break that did not occur to the most pessimistic in the two countries, although these relations began to tear along three departments in the White House: George Bush Jr. and Barack Obama and Donald Trump, during which a growing belief in Turkey that it is able To determine the relationship with the United States, regardless of US interests.

Important American figures in the administration and Congress, as well as senior advisers and experts at research centers, believe that the main driver of this rupture in relations was Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Over the past decade, he has modified Turkey’s geopolitics, abandoning the Western-oriented secular republic established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in favor of a “new Ottoman Turkey” that is more in tune with its eastern neighbors, including Russia.

Bulent Alireza, head of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, founded in the US capital 50 years ago, said: “Since the end of the Cold War, this relationship has been in trouble because the common threat to the Soviet Union has disappeared. Going with Erdogan without compromising the interests of their country but to no avail ”

The two countries are now heading for a more serious confrontation. The Pentagon warned on Monday that Turkey would face “serious consequences” if it went ahead with the planned purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system instead of the US-offered Patriot system. The commander of NATO forces, General “Curtis Scaparotti”, last Tuesday, Ankara to reconsider its decision.

“We have finished the issue of buying S-400 missiles, and we can never go backwards,” Erdogan said in a press statement on Wednesday. One can ask us to suspend an agreement that we are about to complete. ” Erdogan’s decision (described by US circles as biased against it) comes despite US warnings that Turkey was threatening its role as a partner in building the US F-35 fighter, which the Russian S-400 was designed to shoot down.

Washington also draws attention to the road of separation with Ankara that “Erdogan establishes a model of populist nationalism through severe attacks on the PKK and its Kurdish ally in Syria, although the Kurdish YPG is America’s best ally against ISIS. “. Washington confirms the Turkish Interior Minister that his country and Iran are planning joint operations against Syrian Kurds.

Prominent US circles have been subjected to a “series of hostile moves” by Erdogan in recent years, including “undermining US sanctions against Iran, imprisoning US pastor Andrew Bronson, blaming the US for the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, and allowing his guards And his assertion to Venezuelan dictator Maduro that Turkey stands with you. ”

 

 

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