Turkey: relations with U.S. at critical point

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ISTANBUL – According to the Turkish minister of Foreign Affairs, relations between Ankara and Washington into a “very critical point” is reached. “If we improve the relationships, or our relationships are completely disrupted. There is no alternative”, said Mevlüt Cavusoglu Monday in Istanbul.

Cavusoglu said that the different positions in the Syrian civil war are the most important cause of the tense contacts with Washington. About that he wants to talk during the visit of the American minister of Foreign Affairs Rex Tillerson to Ankara this week.

The US in the fight against the militias of Islamic State and affiliated with the Kurdish YPG-fighters. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist organisation because of their close links with the banned Kurdish workers Party PKK.

Since January 20, performs the Turkish army, a military operation against the YPG in the northwest of Syria. Turkey wants the offensive to expand it to the also by the Kurds controlled the place Manbij. There have the United States, however, own troops are stationed.

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