Having sunk to their lowest point, American-Turkish relations they were pretty close to breaking point, with Ankara stating disappointment by the U.S. stance.
At the top of the list of matters that drove their bilateral ties near collapse are the detention of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson (now under home arrest at his place in Izmir), the purchase of Russian-made weapon systems by Ankara and metal tariff issues (that currently President Trump decided to increase).
The Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın, spoke to the press of the government’s deep disappointment by Washington’s actions adding that their long diplomatic relations were almost broken:
“Because of one pastor, the US has brought relations with a country like Turkey, to an almost complete halt. They know perfectly well our attitude towards the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and promised to do something about it, but in reality, their approach didn’t satisfy us. There is still the problem with FETO [the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen], whose head is still in the US; he is working there, his schools are working, his activities are continuing. Our disappointment is profound.”…. / IBNA