Earlier this week, the White House announced that it would double import tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum production, while President Donald Trump tweeted that US-Turkish bilateral relations were “not good at this time.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned of far-reaching consequences in the event the United States continues to disrespect Ankara, according to his op-ed in the New York Times.

“Unless the United States starts respecting Turkey’s sovereignty and proves that it understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy,” he warned.

Erdogan demanded that Washington should “give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical and come to terms with the fact that Turkey has alternatives.”

“Failure to reverse this trend of unilateralism and disrespect will require us to start looking for new friends and allies. You can never bring this nation in line with the language of threats,” Erdogan underscored.

The remarks echoed those made by Erdogan during a provincial meeting of his ruling AK Party in the Black Sea coastal town of Rize earlier this week.

During the speech, he specifically expressed regret over the fact that America “chooses a pastor” over its “strategic partner in NATO.”

Separately, Erdogan addressed the issue of the Turkish lira nosediving to a record low, urging citizens to shore up the national currency.

“If there are dollars under your pillow, take these out. If there are euros, take these out. Immediately give these to the banks and convert to Turkish lira and by doing this, we fight this war of independence and the future. Because this is the language they understand,” he pointed out.

Erdogan’s remarks came after US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had authorized a doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey, also praising “the very strong dollar” and referring to the Turkish lira’s collapse.

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The exchange rate of the Turkish lira has, meanwhile, plummeted more than 16 percent against the US dollar, reaching an all-time low following Trump’s announcement.

Washington earlier imposed sanctions against Turkey’s Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu for participating in the detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson, suspected of being connected to the movement of Fethullah Gulen who is in turn accused of orchestrating the 2016 failed military coup in Turkey.

With Washington claiming that Brunson was jailed unlawfully, Ankara is promising to freeze the US Justice and Interior Secretaries’ assets in Turkey in retaliation for the sanctions.
Source: Sputnik
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New allies? After what you did in Syria while a “friend” of US?

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Turkey committed these crime in the pursuit of Ottoman Empire 2.0.
Not for friendship with the US or any alliance.

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Qatar and Syria had double agenda. Visibly, US weren’t in for more than arm-binding Assad to accept the Qatar->Turkey->EU gas pipeline. Things escalated when Assad called Iran+Hezb for help, a thing that Saudis couldn’t accept, so they started pouring money in too, e.g. they bought 15,000 TOW ATGMs and 750 launchers in 2014… Then, it became even more complicated : AQ in Iraq AKA ISIS was actually secretly built by Iran since they smuggled Zarqawi in Iraq, built, it up with AQ habitual funding (Qatar) then had Zarqawi split from Osama/Zawahiri and allied with Iraqi Ba’athists. These creating so much… Read more »

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Turkey has no alternatives and needs lenders just like Greece after 2011.

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In fact, they’d need having the crazy debts Erdogan created to be bought and re-calibrated with normal interest rates but… Who would spend half a trillion dollars at it?
Risk is even estimated higher than Greece now and the more Erdogan opens his stupid mouth, the worst things go.
Well, maybe the Chineses would, but they’ll buy the whole country for half a trillion dollars, then move 150 millions Chineses in, hehe!
I really ask myself if Erdolf snorts cocaine : he has serious symptoms…

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““Unless the United States starts respecting Turkey’s sovereignty and proves that it understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy,” he warned.” => The problem being that the #1 danger for Turkey is Erdogan and his shitlamist mafia! In fact, EU, Russia, China and Central-Asia nations should ALSO sanction Turkey and in harsher way than Trump does Since Erdog and his mafia back-stabbed everybody and in very very nastier ways than USA! Moreover, how dares he talking about respect while he hmself shows no respect for ANY of his partners unless he needs them badly!… Read more »

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Well said especially quoting Charles de Gaulle, who was US/UK mercenary during WW II and thus understood their maritime strategic world view well.

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Not US/UK mercenary baby : he also had a deal with Stalin too, Free French Forces also fought together with the Red-Army. Never Heard of Normandie-Niemen air battalion? http://normandieniemen.free.fr/IMG1167.JPG Still exists today (separately in both countries) 2012 70th anniversary 1992 50th anniversary Remember : De Gaulle sent US troops and SHAPE (NATO HQ) packing and puled France out of NATO integrated command… In fact, he prevented WW2 from lasting way much longer since Roosevelt and Churchill wanted to… ally with Nazi generals and walk on Moscow while making France a puppet state. De Gaulle threatened to ally with Russia against… Read more »

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4 hours ago : Turkey’s Lira plunges to record low of 7.22 against dollar in Asian market

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For Turki finding new friends will be better to look for some grey aliens. None of ErDOGs new friends in this earth except Russia can stand up to US pressure. Russia will also never support Turki in its trouble with US. Russia will mind its own business. Russia is only interested in selling the S-400 system to Turki other than this nothing else is in the table. Other than that Russians will also never forget the downing of the Russian Bomber over Syria by the Turkish Forces. Russia has kept that insult, hurt & pain under deep freeze. Turkis past… Read more »