Advisor to the President of Turkey has actually made a blackmail against the United States. It’s all about the conflict around the Kurds, which Turkey considers terrorists, and the United States supports. And though Erdogan later softened the statement made by his subordinate, Ankara really is a measure of influence on Washington. However, how effective are they?
Turkey may put pressure on the United States because of their position on the Syrian Kurds, said on Friday in Ankara. So, adviser to Turkish President seref of Malkoch threatened the States by taking action against the air base in Incirlik.
“Incirlik is the only factor of influence of Turkey in the U.S., but Americans can do”
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“If the United States really are a friend and ally of Turkey, they must recognize the PDS – the Syrian wing of the PKK – a terrorist organization. If a friend behaves like an enemy, can be taken, and they will not be limited to only base in Incirlik, Turkey has opportunities. The U.S. in Syria now operate with Russia against Turkey. Can it be explained?” asks of Malkoch.
A few hours after the publication of this statement, Turkish President Erdogan criticized the EA for words in Washington, but did it in a rather soft manner. “I do not know, what was said by Malkoch and what it was based, but it is wrong to make such statements. His duties were clearly defined. Such statements can do, assessing the situation, the government,” he said.
Erdogan also said that the U.S., in his opinion, change your attitude to Syrian Kurds. “The United States in connection with their last statements, as I see it, began to understand something in connection with the Syrian Kurdish party “Democratic Union”. I’ll call today to U.S. President Barack Obama. I intend to discuss this topic. Also I will tell about Washington provided aid to terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said, hinting at the supply of U.S. weapons to Syrian Kurds and continuing a line of criticism of Washington.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu also said that the US must make a choice between Turkey and terrorist organizations. He noted that the statement by the US that MPD is not a terrorist organization, contrary to common sense.
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The decision to open a US airbase in Incirlik in Turkey was adopted in 1943 at a conference organized by the U.S. and its allies in Cairo. Air force base is located 8 km from the Turkish city of Adana and is the largest U.S. base in Europe. Initially, the U.S. military planned to use Incirlik for additional based medium and heavy bombers such as B-17, B-24 and B-29. However, in December 1954, an agreement was signed on the joint use of the United States and Turkey with a view to broader objectives.
This has become possible after accession in 1952, Turkey in NATO. In 1958, the air base was renamed Incirlik. The main purpose of the base until 1990 was the implementation of the military intelligence against the Soviet Union.
After the outbreak of war in Iraq in 2003, the airbase was used for reconnaissance and air policing in the Middle East and the Black sea. In addition, Turkey began to use American tankers Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker for their own purposes. About 70% of military cargo transported by U.S. in Iraq, passed through this air base. In addition, the Pentagon actively used during the operation in Afghanistan.
In 2014-2015 has entered a new stage in the use of Incirlik air base against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Turkey. In the summer of 2015 Ankara and Washington came to a mutual agreement on the joint use of the base for combat operations against terrorists. Later, at the airbase in Incirlik were placed dozens of American drones “Reaper” and “Predator”. February 14, Saudi Arabia mark on the base its combat aircraft.
At the same time the President of the country Recep Erdogan promised that the operation base will be limited to the strict framework and will be aimed at combating terrorism.