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Tensions High Ahead of Erdogan-Trump Meeting

Tensions High Ahead of Erdogan-Trump Meeting

ISTANBUL - Turkish  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Washington this week to meet President Donald Trump, a meeting some consider an opportunity to reset relations that have been strained over numerous policy differences.

Turkey's military operation against the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, is expected to top the agenda. Ankara designates the. YPG as terrorists, but the militia is a crucial ally in the U.S.-led war against Islamic State.

The U.S. Congress is threatening widespread sanctions against Turkey for its military operations against the Kurds.  Some of the sanctions target Erdogan personally. However, Erdogan is warning that agreements negotiated with Washington and Moscow to pause the military operation against the Kurdish militia are at risk. The Turkish leader accuses the militia of failing to withdraw from the Turkish frontier.

Analysts suggest Erdogan could look to secure at least tacit support from Trump for a resumption in the Syrian operation.

This week's presidential meeting is widely seen as coming at a critical moment in relations between the NATO allies.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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12 November 2019 11:26 -

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