Washington and Ankara have become enemies, says analyst

MOSCOW, October 9 — RIA Novosti. Disagreements between Washington and Ankara will not lead to serious tension in their relations, as Turkey remains a strategic ally of the United States, said the Deputy Dean of the faculty of world economy and world politics HSE, RIAC expert Andrey Suzdaltsev.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara earlier said that the U.S. government expresses deep concern over the arrest of an employee of the American Consulate General in Istanbul Metin Toposa and considers the allegations against him are unfounded and undermining long-standing relationship with Turkey. On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy announced the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas at U.S. diplomatic missions in Turkey. The Turkish Embassy in the US responded with a mirror, announcing the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to American citizens.

“They will not become enemies, it’s impossible. To say that Turkey out of the NATO, Turkey would abandon the Alliance with the United States, is not necessary, although their relationship is complexity. In particular, Americans are now almost do not exist in Turkey, as they were present before, both at home, at military bases”, — he said RIA Novosti.

According to the expert, the latter differences need to be considered as a private line. Also be aware that “Turkey remains the largest country within the framework of the NATO strategic ally of the United States”.

As stated Suzdaltsev, USA concerned about the growing importance and influence of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the preparation and conduct of the tough internal reforms. “On the other hand, Washington will also be restrained to criticize Erdogan because of the importance of Turkey’s influence in the region is enormous,” — says Suzdaltsev.

“There is a struggle of diplomacy at the expert level. She and the other side — of course, Washington to a greater extent, the Turkish leader to a lesser extent, trying to stay within the visible dialog. Does not work. These attacks and solutions say that the allegations by Turkey against the United States, apparently, have some basis, although traditionally Washington denies,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

On Wednesday a Turkish court has arrested Topuse for alleged links with the organization of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO), which the Turkish authorities blamed the coup attempt in July last year and demanded that the US extradite him. According to Turkish media, Topuz is accused of undermining the constitutional system, espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government. He also is suspected of having links with the former Prosecutor Zekeria oz and police officers investigating high-profile case of corruption in the higher echelons of power in December 2013.