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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

United States considering granting Turkey the enemy of Erdogan

The US announced at the end of August the visit of us Secretary of state John Kerry to Ankara, which will be the first visit of the head of American diplomacy in Turkey after the failed coup. If earlier bilateral relations between the two States was complicated by the fact that the Americans were helping the Kurdish forces in Syria, now to this was added the refusal of America to issue to the Turkish authorities Fethullah preacher Gulen, whom they blame in the organization of the failed coup.

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On the photo: the gülen Fethullah

Us officials have not yet expressed a particular desire to give the “traitor” Ankara because it did not provide enough evidence that he is guilty in instigating a failed coup on July 15. This writes The Wall Street Journal, noting that the US government and Turkey privately discussed different scenarios for the extradition of gülen, however, people from Ankara are unable to convince their American counterparts of the need for extradition. Moreover, the publication says that the chances of extradition are reduced due to the fact that Turkey is too often declares its requirements.

The U.S. Department of justice recently received another request for the extradition of preacher from Turkey, officials said. Commenting on his appearance, Gulen himself said that the Turkish judiciary does not have full legal independence, so a warrant for his arrest is “an example of the orientation towards authoritarianism and away from democracy.” The preacher, who until 2013 was an associate of the leader of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has denied any involvement in the events of July 15 and emphasizes their negative attitude to the violent change of power. At least in public.

“Everything is decided by empirical evidence – quoted by The Christian Science Monitor, the words of one of the lawyers of Gulen reed Weingarten. – Bragging rights, conspiracy theories and threats to Erdogan, not enough to crush the American legal system.”

“There are legal circumstances – says “MK” on the East Gumer Isaev. – Still need to prove the involvement of gülen to the coup attempt in Turkey. Even from the point of view of logic Turkey has a big problem with that. They can indict the military, who came with arms and coordinated the coup, of course. But when it comes to Hulene, often in the Turkish mass-media to pronounce that the coup was “inspired”. That is, we must understand that this is a very abstract formulation. And if they say so, it is easy to imagine what might be evidence that he could influence the military and especially to give them a command. The Gulen case is sewn with white thread. Obama and members of the American establishment, in response to Turkey’s statements, always quite correctly asked to present strong evidence, and never got it.”

“On the other hand, there are relations between the US and Turkey, a strategic partnership, also says “MK” analyst. – These countries – members of NATO. There are military objects, there is military-technical cooperation. You can imagine what the USA could to save the relationship with Turkey to meet Erdogan. But here I will put the question this way: who needs more? Despite the angry rhetoric of Turkey, it is heavily dependent on the U.S. and the Syrian issue and some other. So I wouldn’t assume that America can, giving under Erdogan, to extradite Gulen. She can use the fact that the main opponent of Erdogan and effective use of it in their policies. For example, the fact that Turkey is something that requires and does not receive, can stimulate the President of Turkey. This fact is quite unpleasant from the point of view of its image inside the country, because he has positioned himself as a man who used to achieve their goals. It is unlikely the US will meet. You can see how many times they were given to those who were granted political asylum. This figure is close to zero”.

Recall that the organization of the Gulen – Hizmet movement – has long collaborated with the Turkish leader, and even provided him with a PR campaign, but the Apple of discord between Gulen and Erdogan allegedly was the question of the independence of the “Hizmet”. For several years, the Turkish government fought with activists of the gülen movement, which made big media leaks” incriminating evidence against Erdogan and his supporters. A large number of Turkish citizens went to school, organized by Gulen. A considerable part of the gülen movement up to this point was included in the political life of the country, so “cleaning” in the country after the attempted coup, observers most often associated with the desire of Erdogan to get rid of potential political opponents.

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