Turkey hints break up with U.S. if Gulen not extradited

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

Those projects were put on ice with trade between the two countries plunging 43 percent in January-May this year to $6.1 billion, and Turkey's tourism industry seeing visitor numbers from Russian Federation fall by 93 percent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016.

The two leaders agreed to take steps to rebuild their damaged trade ties and revive major energy projects. Turkey is furious at the scale of Russian air support for Syrian government forces, as Mr Erdogan reviles Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"There is a serious anti-American feeling in Turkey, and this is turning into hatred", Bozdag said in an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency, broadcast live on Turkish television channels.

Mr Cavusoglu said Turkey wanted to establish a "strong mechanism" with Russian Federation to find a solution for Syria, without explaining what this might entail.

"We chose to prepare a government-level commercial, economic, cultural and industrial cooperation program to cover the 2016 to 2019 period", Putin told journalists. "We may have a different outlook on how the cease-fire should be implemented".

"We are building a strong mechanism with Russian Federation regarding Syria", Cavusoglu said. We don't believe it is appropriate that the moderate opposition is attacked. "We are also against the siege of Aleppo".

Erdogan also mentioned that Putin was one of the first world leaders to call him after the attempted coup on July 15 to express his support, which Erdogan said "gladdened me, my colleagues and our people".

In the case of Turkey, Turks perceive a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the United States to extradite for trial Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish opponent of Mr. Erdogan who is in exile in Pennsylvania.

On the occasion, the Spokeswoman also condemned the reports of the Turkish press which claimed that the US-based Wilson Center was involved in the Turkish coup.

The dispute has strained US-Turkish ties, with some Turkish officials implying the US could have been behind the coup.

Meanwhile, responding to the statement of Turkish minister, US State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said that such rhetoric was not helpful for bilateral ties between Ankara and Washington. Turkey also sought Gulen's extradition but the USA demanded clear evidence.

The deal, struck in March, helped stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to the nearby Greek islands in exchange for an European Union pledge of funds and visa-free travel for Turks. "We need to set up our own defense system and develop our own technology in cooperation with other countries", Cavusoglu said.

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