Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Feb. 4 accused the United States of being behind a failed 2016 coup attempt. The accusation was made at a time when Ankara was looking to improve relations with the US and the EU.
|Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu|
Soylu said the US was behind the coup attempt, missionary Fethullah Gulen’s (FETO) network was the implementing party, and added that “Europe is very enthusiastic about the plot”.
Mr. Soylu reaffirmed the position he has expressed since the coup attempt occurred. Ankara has long blamed missionary Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan and now living in the US state of Pennsylvania.
The Interior Secretary’s statement angered America.
The Joe Biden administration has issued a brief statement, denying the allegations from Ankara.
“The US was not involved in the 2016 coup plot in Turkey and has condemned it. The assertions of high-ranking Turkish officials are completely untrue,” the US State Department stated. .
Washington has repeatedly rejected Turkey’s request for the extradition of Gulen, citing Ankara’s failure to provide reliable evidence.
“The irresponsible and unfounded claims of the United States in the events in Turkey do not match Turkey’s status as a NATO ally and US strategic partner” – Ministry this added.
|The Turkish army surrendered to the supporters of President Erdogan in 2016.|
The statement from the US State Department about Turkey’s ally reminds Ankara of the sanctions Washington had imposed on Turkey.
At the end of December 2020, the United States used the US Adversaries Deal Act through Sanctions (CAATSA) to impose sanctions on the Turkish Defense Industry Commission (SSB), who The head and three staff of this agency were involved in the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.
The reason given by the US for a long time is that the S-400 is incompatible with NATO equipment and is a potential threat to the security of the Allies.
Later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the US move as a “public attack” against Turkish sovereignty.
In his televised speech in Ankara, President Erdogan said: “What kind of ally is this? This decision is a public attack on our sovereignty”.
He emphasized that this sanctions show the US’s hostile stance towards its NATO ally, but Ankara will overcome the troubles Washington caused.
Previously, the US removal of Turkey from the F-35 stealth jet program in July 2019 showed that Washington was very angry with Turkey’s determination to buy Russian air defense missiles. do not buy US. Turkey has an important role in this program and was once one of the few countries expected to receive a new generation of advanced F-35 aircraft.
More than 250 people were killed in the attempt to overthrow President Tayyip Erdogan and his government on July 15, 2016. Since then, Turkey has arrested about 292,000 suspects related to Mr. Gulen, fired more than 150,000 civil servants and closed hundreds of media outlets.