Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the United States should not forget that it would lose a strong and sincere partner if it does not change its attitude toward Turkey, announcing that Pastor Brunson will not be a part of a prisoner swap deal with US.

Erdogan also said that the remarks by Donald Trump about possible sanctions against Turkey were a “psychological warfare”.

“I think this is psychological warfare. We will not step back with sanctions. We did not haggle regarding Brunson,” Erdogan said, as quoted by Haberturk newspaper.

Erdogan also said that Turkey may turn to international arbitration if the United States fails to deliver of F-35 fighter jets to Ankara, noting that there are other options. Previously, an addition to the US defense policy bill for 2019 revealed that the process of transferring the F-35 jets to Turkey that it had already paid for would be temporarily frozen.

Turkish authorities put US pastor Andrew Brunson in jail in 2016 over the accusations of ties to the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, referred to as Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) by Ankara and accused of having orchestrated a failed military coup that took place in Turkey in the same year. The pastor was recently released from a Turkish prison and placed under house arrest.

Donald Trump said earlier that if Ankara did not free Brunson, Turkey would face sanctions.

The US State Department said on Friday that US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday held a phone call earlier this week, in which Pompeo said it was “well past time for this innocent pastor Andrew Brunson” to come home.

 

Source: Sputnik

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since when is warshington a worthwhile partner – more like liaison with the devil

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Since when the Ottoman (and before them the Hittites) land-thieves and genociders are worthwhile partners? Even Bible says that the devil’s throne is in Bergama in Turkey… Just look at whatMuslim Brotherhood puppet Erdogan did to Syria in order to force the Qatari pipeline on Assad. He also made ISIS freaking rich by buying most of the blood-oil they stole from Iraq and Syria then exported to Erdo’s son Bilal oil company. Don’t you remember that Erdogan signed a free-trade/free border-crossing agreement with Assad that allowed this Gollum to smuggle as many shithadists and mercenaries into Syria? And didn’t Turkish… Read more »

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Turkey and the US (and their other partners-UK, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Zionist entity…) worked together to destroy Syria (and failed).

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I fully agree. Any kind of partnership with the Turkistani terrorist trash is most certainly a “liaison with the devil”. The sooner MOABs begin to rain down on the cockroach palace in Ankara, the better…

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Who really gives a flyin’ f*ck about what Turkey thinks or may not think regarding its possible alienation by the US. The Turds are the biggest two-faced backstabbers on the planet. Sincere allies, my a$$! They just use their “allies” to steal military technology from them. Case in point, they are negotiating with Ukraine’s Antonov about partnering on the development and production of the AN-188 strategic airlifter. Putin and the Russians are just loving that one!