Cooperation between the US and Turkey in the military sphere is not affected by the current political scandal, in which the embassies of countries ceased nonimmigrant visa services for citizens. About it on the way to the Central command of US armed forces in Tampa, told journalists the head of the Pentagon James Mattis, writes AFP.
“This is a NATO ally, and we work diligently, to stay together against a common enemy. We got along very well militarily,” he said.
According to the Minister of defense, political scandal “did not affect” the current military operations, NATO in General and USA in particular, which directly or indirectly involve Turkey. The American commander refused to speculate on whether diplomatic tension on them if the situation drags on, but noted that in the past political conflicts with different countries do not interfere with the military of these countries to work together.
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Recently the American Embassy in Ankara has decided to limit visa services to the Turks after his arrest on 4 October employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul Metin Topusa. Turkey accused this citizen espionage and links with the disgraced opposition leader Fethullah gülen, whom Ankara considers as the organizer of a failed coup in the country.
After this operation American diplomatic mission of Turkey to the United States took symmetrical action.
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