Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters on Yenikapi Square in Istanbul on Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked the crowd to send a message to Turkey’s European and US partners. “You have always given that lesson up to this day. I believe in you. God willing, you will give them another lesson,” he added. CC BY 2.0 / Rennett Stowe / F-35US Threatens Turkey With ‘Ripple Effect’ for F-35 Deal Amid Row Over S-400Ankara’s relations with its US allies and European partners has taken a turn for a worse amid rows over possible non-delivery of F-35s to Turkey, the imprisonment of a Turkish banker in the US for evading sanctions against Iran, and the US refusal to hand over Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who resides in the United States and whom Erdogan has previously charged with responsibility for the failed 2016 coup attempt. Turkey’s relations with the EU have also been strained amid Brussels’ resistance to Turkey’s bid to join the bloc. Recent polling revealed that the overwhelming majority of Turks see Western countries as Tukey’s ‘enemies’. Next week, Turks will go to the polls in snap presidential and general elections which observers say will ensure the country’s transition to a presidential republic. The country has faced a prolonged state of emergency and has taken measures to bolster presidential powers following the July 2016 failed coup, a move criticized by the country’s opposition parties and… Read full this story
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