Publicado: Lun, Agosto 13, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Arrogant Erdogan Not Worried About US Economic Sanctions

Arrogant Erdogan Not Worried About US Economic Sanctions

Addressing for the first time on Friday to a rally of his supporters, he said, "If they have dollars, we have our people, we have our right and we have Allah!"

Washington had already imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers earlier this month and on Friday President Donald Trump announced a doubling of USA tariffs of Turkish steel and aluminium, saying, "Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!".

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have taken a turn for the worse amid dispute over the detention in Turkey of USA evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism charges.

Erdogan called on Turks to support the struggling Turkish lira by exchanging any foreign currency and gold, saying Turkey faced "an economic war". "Immediately give these to the banks and convert to Turkish lira and by doing this, we fight this war of independence".

That indicates that people are buying dollars and euros, not selling them off - and that they're not finding buyers in lira, anyway.

"They have been trying to achieve what they failed to do through provocations and a coup attempt with money now", he said.

The pastor's arrest further soured ties with Washington, which were already very frail.

"Repeated efforts to communicate to the U.S. administration that none of the stated criteria driving America's tariffs are applicable to Turkey have thus far proven fruitless", he said.

It is possible that Trump cited the lira's decline as a mere pretense for pressuring Turkey to release the American pastor.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington would pay for challenging Turkey all for the sake of "petty calculations".

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Erdoğan had warned Saturday that Turkey would start looking for new friends if the US continued with its unilateral actions against a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, in a diplomatic row that has sent Ankara and Washington relations to a new low.

To understand how all of these pieces fit together, we'll start with some basic facts about trade between the United States and Turkey.

Erdogan appeared to indicate that the entire alliance between Turkey - which joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 1952 with strong American backing - and Washington was at stake.

Trump stated in an inflammatory tweet that the Turkish lira was weak against "our very strong dollar", adding that "US relations with Turkey are not good at this time".

In response, President Trump tweeted in July, "The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their longtime detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being".

Loyal supporters of President Erdogan are also blaming the USA for the lira's crash - as the newly re-elected president appears to maintain his popularity. He also stressed that there are no politicians or countries around the globe that would succeed by pursuing a hostile policy towards Turkey.

"Threats, sanctions and bullying against Turkey will not work".

"The U.S. runs the risk of losing Turkey as a whole". We've stood with neighbors before, and will again now. "Look at what we were 16 years ago and look at us now", he said.

Erdogan Friday held telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, discussing economic and trade issues as well as the Syria crisis.

Turkey vowed retaliation "without delay" and warned the move would further harm relations between the two allies.

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