President Erdogan of Turkey accused the US of making Ankara a “strategic target” in a speech on Saturday August 18th while the two countries are supposed to be strategic allies in Nato.
Erdogan told a congress of his AKP ruling party that Turkey would not bow before those "who set up their own order by exploiting the world".
According to the “Daily Hurriyet”, the president said "Some people threaten us with economic measures, sanctions, foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and inflation. We are telling them that we see the games they play, and we challenge them."
Erdogan’s speech comes as the White House is threatening to impose more sanctions on Turkey over the detention of the American Pastor Andrew Branson.
The Turkish lira has significantly dropped against the dollar after the US imposed high tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium imports.
Reciprocally, Turkey has doubled tariffs on some US made products and Erdogan called on people to boycott American electronics such as the IPhone.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Republican People’s Party accused Erdogan of using the Americans as a pretext to hide his own economic failure.
The pastor is not the only difficulty in relations between Washington and Ankara, the two allies have different views on Syria, and Turkey has already given notice that it will not follow American sanctions against Iran.
Turkey’s plan to buy the S-400 missile from Russia is also considered a threat to Nato.