U.S. can not see who its true friend is: Turkish FM

Ivan Schwartz
August 17, 2018

Speaking at a dinner on the sidelines of the 10th Ambassadors Conference in the Turkish capital, Çavuşoğlu said he had discussions Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the lifting of visas for Turkish citizens and also exchanged views on Syria and Idlib.

Turkey and the USA are now experiencing rocky relations following Washington's imposition of sanctions on two government ministers who "played leading roles in the arrest and detention" of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces terrorism-related charges in Turkey.

He also noted that Moscow appreciates Turkey's rejection to join the anti-Russia sanctions by the West, saying the U.S. The United States slapped financial sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey over his continued detention.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Andrew Brunson is "a very good person and a strong Christian who's done nothing wrong".

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Last week United Nations humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said that Turkey, Russia and Iran had all agreed to "do their utmost to avoid" a battle in Idlib.

President Donald Trump on Friday ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling USA tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel imports.

Russian Federation seeks to use national currencies in trade with Turkey but the issue needs to be worked out meticulously, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. Turkey retaliated on Wednesday with tariffs on certain United States goods.

"Trump managed to unite leaders, from Merkel to Putin, for supporting Turkey, and banks and opposition parties in Turkey are in support of the government against them", he said.

Other reports by GizPress

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