US Disrespect May Prompt Turkey to ‘Look for New Friends and Allies’ – Erdogan

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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 Warns US Against Using Threatening Language Toward Turkey

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.”

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