The Turkish-US visa spat was triggered by Kurdish dispute, Ankara’s flight from NATO to the Russian-Iranian fold

As of Monday, Oct. 9, US missions in Turkey have suspended non-immigrant visa services and closed their doors to the public, while Turkish consulates in the United States have suspended “all visa services” to Americans. The Turkish currency immediately plummeted on world markets. The ostensible cause of the visa spat was the arrest in Turkey of a local US consulate employee on suspicion of links to Fethullah Gulen, the Turkish cleric living in exile in America, whom President Tayyip Erdogan accuses of orchestrating the failed coup against him in 2016. Washington says the charge is baseless and damaging bilateral relations.

Then, on Monday, a second suspect was summoned for questioning on the same charge and his wife and young son taken into custody to make sure he obeyed the summons.
DEBKAfile: Relations between the Trump administration and the Turkish president have been deteriorating for the past nine months, since President Donald trump sacked Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

Flynn was later discovered to have been a paid lobbyist on behalf of the Erdogan government in Washington, who promoted rapprochement between the two governments as part of a wider US-Russian collaboration in the war on the Islamic State.

This strategy collapsed with Flynn’s departure from the White House. The Turkish President then came to believe that the US government and some of its intelligence agencies were behind the thwarted military coup, which aimed not just at his ouster but also assassination. He persists in these charges in the face of flat denials from Washington.
This obsession took on a fresh complication when America backed the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as the most competent ground force for defeating the Islamic State.
Erdogan sees the YPG as the framework of an independent or autonomous Kurdish republic planned to rise in northern Syria right up to the Turkish border. To prevent Turkish and Kurdish troops getting into a fight in this sensitive area, US special operations forces were deployed there as a buffer between them.
These disputes and deep mistrust drove Erdogan to distance himself from Washington and go after ties with Moscow and Tehran to bolster Turkey’s position in Syria and counter American influence.
Turkey is the first member of NATO to enter into ties of cooperation with the Russian military and security apparatus. The visa spat is but the first overt sign of the rising hostility between Washington and Ankara, with more to come.

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13 thoughts on “The Turkish-US visa spat was triggered by Kurdish dispute, Ankara’s flight from NATO to the Russian-Iranian fold

  • Oct 9, 2017 @ 19:12 at 19:12
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    How long will Turkey be part of NATO?

    • Oct 10, 2017 @ 1:48 at 1:48
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      The Turks hate and distrust Russians, they have been fighting eachother. The Turk bought S300 so that he can counter any Russian missiles derivatives send towards Turkey. The Saudis think that they can come late to the party and copy what the Turks have done to get a piece of the cake. The Russians do whatever suits them best for the moment.

      Turkey will not leave NATO. They need NATO and if Trump do not kick them out of NATO they will stay and the Turks will buy more Russian made equipment if they think it will grease the Turk-Russian relations for the moment.

      • Oct 10, 2017 @ 7:42 at 7:42
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        As we know from Ezekiel 38 in the Old Testament Turkey (beth-togarmah) will join up with Russia along with Persia (Iran).

      • Oct 10, 2017 @ 8:04 at 8:04
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        Are you uneducated ?

        • Oct 11, 2017 @ 3:22 at 3:22
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          Typical proud yet ignorant reply

        • Oct 11, 2017 @ 18:12 at 18:12
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          Are you? Read the book, open your eyes, and don’t be surprised when what has been written… occurs.

    • Oct 10, 2017 @ 15:12 at 15:12
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      I think Turkey has gained less advantage and facilities than USA since the beginning of the cold war between the Soviet Union and USA from the point of being a NATO ally.And vice versa USA will lose more than Turkey after Turkey ‘s departure.

    • Oct 11, 2017 @ 1:48 at 1:48
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      predicting the future is difficult, but it helps to understand the past. turkey is a member of nato because of its strategic position on russia’s southern flank, and because it has a huge army (as big as britain, france, and germany put together). and neither of those factors are likely to change.

      erdogan is an islamist demagogue, and a pain in the neck, but he’ll have to do a lot more damage before nato will give up on having turkey in the alliance.

      • Oct 13, 2017 @ 16:57 at 16:57
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        Germany is still a colony of USA.She does not have an army if we exclude 70.000 symbolic troops.Untalked constitution says if Germany establishes an army , she automatically accepts US invasion.
        NATO means USA, UK, France and Turkey.

  • Oct 10, 2017 @ 9:13 at 9:13
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    Aaamen Rocky raccoon! I’m looking up! God bless Isreal,, and you too! Yes I have read the end of the story…God saves Israel, to Him be the glory. Forever and ever.

  • Oct 11, 2017 @ 10:10 at 10:10
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    The visa spat between Turkey and the US is an internal policy ploy of Erdogan.
    Important for him is a strong economy.While
    the women are in hijab, millions of tourists are enjojing the coastal areas of sand and sun( a record high in 2017).The commercial ties with Israel is skyrocketing.Turkey was one of tha countries that breached sactions to Iran before the Obama`s nuclear deal.

  • Oct 11, 2017 @ 23:28 at 23:28
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    Erdogan’s Islamic Agenda will lead to an unevitable collission with the West

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