Turkey’s government has said its disappointment regarding the Trump administration is much deeper as Washington “did not take its ally’s security concerns into consideration”.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, the Turkish statement came in response to a statement from a White House official that Trump is frustrated Turkey has not released pastor Andrew Brunson.
“The president has a great deal of frustration on the fact that pastor Brunson has not been released as well as the fact that other US citizens and employees of diplomatic facilities have not been released,” The White House’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on August 14th.
Turkey’s foreign affairs minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu commented that the US or any other country should not just focus on their own frustrations. “We also have frustrations,” he said.
Turkey and the US are at a historically low level of bilateral relations because of the constant detention of the pastor, which was prompted political and economic sanctions by Trump in early August.
Çavuşoğlu added the US decision to ally with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, a group Ankara considers to be terrorists, and to arm them, is a bigger source of disappointment for Ankara.
The American measures made lira value against dollar to sink unprecedented levels, though Washington argues that the currency’s crisis is due to other factors.