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Monday, January 23, 2017

Erdogan pushed US hard ultimatum


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the United States to make a choice between Turkey and the Islamic preacher Fethullah gülen. It was his Turkish authorities believe the mastermind of the coup attempt.


photo: kremlin.ru

In a speech to supporters in Ankara, Erdogan said that the US “sooner or later” will have to make a choice between Turkey and organization of the opposition preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO), reports Anadolu Agency.

“Or planning coups terrorist FETO, or a democratic Turkey. They will need to make a choice,” he said.

On the night of July 16, a group of rebels attempted military coup in Turkey. In the result of the confrontation killed 246 people and injured more than two thousand Turks.

The military managed to crush the rebellion. Insurrection Ankara has accused Fethullah Gulen, after he was sent to the US authorities the request for his extradition (now a preacher living in Pennsylvania).

Gülen himself said he was not involved in the preparation of the coup. Opposition preacher condemned the decision of the Istanbul court decision on his arrest in absentia and called it “another example of authoritarian rule of President Erdogan”. He urged Washington to reject the request of the Turkish authorities for his extradition.

U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry has previously said that in the States there is a “formal process for handling requests for extradition,” and that Turkey “needs to send the evidence, and not statements.”

Coup in Turkey. Chronicle of events

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