As NATO allies, Turkey, US relations should be very different: Erdogan

As NATO allies, Turkey, US relations should be very different: Erdogan

'US supports terrorists, beyond expectation,' says Erdogan

News Service AA

As two NATO countries, Turkey and the US should be in a very different position, the Turkish president said Friday.

Speaking to reporters in Istanbul after the Friday prayer, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ''US is currently supporting terrorist organizations, beyond expectation'', adding that ''instead of fighting terror groups, the US provides them with considerable amount of weapons, tools and vehicles."

Erdogan noted that Turkey, as a NATO member, should share this fact with the whole world, referring to US support to YPG/PKK terror group.

Responding to a question about his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said his expectation from him is "very different."

“The regime in Syria poses a threat in the south of Turkey. So, as a friend to Russia, I expect from Putin and Russia a different approach as a requirement of solidarity,” he said.

“We need to fight this together in the south,” he added.

The US is not interested in Syria these days, said Erdogan, noting that Russia, Iran, and Turkey “should discuss ways to create a peace zone in Syria.”

“We are working on to further improve our bilateral relations with Russia as we have the target of reaching a $100-billion bilateral trade volume with Russia,” Erdogan said.


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