Erdogan threatens to close American military bases in Turkey

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to close two American strategic military bases in Turkey after Washington warned of sanctions over Ankara’s purchase of Russian weapons.

“If necessary, we can close the Incirlik and Kurecik bases,” Erdogan said on the pro-government Television Channel A Haber. The bases are located on the southwest coast of Turkey, near the border with Syria.

Erdogan has regularly allowed such a possibility at times of tension between the Us and Turkey in the past.

The U.S. Air Force is using Incirlik Air Base to attack Islamic State positions in Syria. A large NATO radar station is located at the Kurecik base.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu raised the issue of bases last week. Responding to the threat of new U.S. sanctions, he warned that closing them could be “discussed.”

The U.S. threatens to impose sanctions against Turkey over its decision to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, despite Washington’s warnings.

On Friday, Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador after the U.S. Senate followed the house of Representatives lead and voted to recognize the 1915 Armenian massacres as genocide. The bill has not yet been signed by President Donald Trump.

(C)UAWIRE 2019

5 comments

  • Not sure how this will play out. Trump threatened sanctions against Turkey, nothing happened yet. Will the US be blackmailed by this shithole country, or put Turkey in it’s place?

    Liked by 4 people

    • Erdogan is also showing why the EU won’t let Turkey in….as long as he remains the dictator. He needs to be careful because his situation is much like pre-SISI Egypt’s because their militaries love the USA and their arms.

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  • англійський масон

    Like a spoilt child being told it can’t have an ice cream.

    Erdogan wants to be seen as a great statesman and leader but he’s just another no-mark cocksucker.

    Liked by 2 people

  • Call Erdogoon’s bluff and announce a pull-out. The dicktator can say goodbye to millions of badly needed dollars.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Close em both.
    but regardless the B-61 NUCs must the removed immediately.
    Relocate them to Poland were they will help protect a true ally.

    Liked by 1 person

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