Turkey says relations with U.S. are on thin ice

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says relations with the United States will either improve soon or totally break down.

This comes the day after U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster visited Turkey, and before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to stop in Ankara later this week.

Cavusoglu said there’s an issue of trust between Washington and Ankara.

“Our relations are at a very critical point,” he said at a press conference in Istanbul. “Either we will fix the relationship or this relationship will be totally destroyed. There’s no other option.”

McMaster met Sunday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman in Istanbul.

One issue between the two nations is over the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG. Turkey considers it a terrorist group, but the militia has been a strong member of the U.S.-backed forces that battle the Islamic State in Syria.

Erdogan has been targeting the group in southern Turkey’s border, which could put Turkish and U.S. forces in a confrontation.

But in a statement the White House pointed to the two countries’ strategic relationship.

“They also exchanged views on American-Turkish relations as long-standing allies, their common strategic challenges, and regional developments.”

 

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