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More Bad Blood? Turkey's Ultimatum to Washington is 'Major Miscalculation'

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Erdogan's policies will adversely affect Turkey's relations with the United States, particularly after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Washington to give Ankara unconditional support in its fight against the Syrian Kurds, Turkey's former ambassador to Iran, Norway, Sweden, Germany and France Osman Korutürk told Sputnik.

Davutoglu made the comments after a terrorist attack in Ankara claimed 29 lives. The Turkish leadership blamed the US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG) for the attack, which the Syrian Kurds say they did not commit.

"The only thing we expect from our US ally is to support Turkey with no ifs or buts," the prime minister said on February 20. "If 28 Turkish lives have been claimed through a terrorist attack we can only expect them to say any threat against Turkey is a threat against them."

Turkish soldier stands guard near the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016
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Turkish soldier stands guard near the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016

The United States does not view the YPG or the Democratic Union Party (PYD) as terrorist organizations. Moreover, the Kurds have proved to be one of Washington's key allies in its anti-Daesh efforts in Iraq and Syria.

"The United States did not offer a direct response to the 'either we or the Democratic Union Party' ultimatum, which Turkish authorities delivered to Washington," Korutürk noted. "What was the point of asking a question that brought Turkey into line with the PYD? I am absolutely sure that the Turkish leadership knew how America would react to this ultimatum."

Davutoglu remark's, according to the diplomat, were a "major miscalculation" for Ankara.

Korutürk maintains that Turkey's alliance with Saudi Arabia and Qatar will only lead to Ankara's greater isolation in the region. Earlier this month, the three nations expressed their readiness to send ground forces to Syria should the United States launch a military intervention in the war-torn Arab country.

The operation would ostensibly be aimed at tackling Daesh or assisting the refugees, but many have pointed out that Ankara and Riyadh would likely be focused on helping radical groups that are fighting to overthrow Syria's legitimate president.

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, a Turkish soldier on an armoured personnel carrier watches as in the background a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, is raised over the city of Tal Abyad, Syria, Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, a Turkish soldier on an armoured personnel carrier watches as in the background a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, is raised over the city of Tal Abyad, Syria, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Meanwhile, Turkey is constantly threatening everyone, although there are no grounds for [such behavior]," which takes a toll on Ankara's international standing, he added. The country is increasingly viewed as "unstable and unreliable."

Korutürk believes that Ankara should drastically reconsider its policy on Syria, which has turned out to be "flawed from start to finish."

"Did we have to deal with the PYD or Kurdish militia or the threat of a Kurdish state emerging in northern Syria 3 – 3.5 years ago? These challenges have appeared due to Turkey's flawed policies with regard to Syria," he noted.

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  • margaridaoulman
    These people are dangerously stupid.
  • tobi.gelando
    Yes. Erdogan was thinking if the USA misbehave than I can do the same because I and Turkey have support the USA in all there misbehavior !! and now there let us all fall like a hot piece of metal !!! You should have for see this Mr. Erdogan !!!
  • aggttc
    The Turkey is get wild and erratic so should be slaughtered and roasted for consumption.
  • klod.infobeez
    quos vult perdere iupiter prius dementat...

    Will they blame Putin for making them sooooooo completely stupid ? With some secret weapon from the Aliens ? Ghhhh...
  • Mikhas
    If Mad Mullah Erdogan think he can get Obongo and his white masters to grovel before him like Merkel and the other Eurofags he´s totally out of his mind (which he of course is, but still).

    True, for geo-political purposes, the US needs Turkey and that is not going to change, but they dont need an unpredictable, megalomaniac jihadist like Erdogan and his neo-ottoman cult. Erdogan think that he has purged the military from any unpleasant surprises that might threaten his blood soaked regime but he better think again. Sooner than anyone might expect, he will most probably find himself behind bars waiting for a military tribunal like his M.B colleague, Muhammad Morsi in Egypt.

    The US´s preferred candidate and Mullah Erdogans rival, Fetullah Gulen, living in the US, is probably preparing for a quick homecoming as we speak...
  • Dublin Mick
    It is much deeper than this. Turkey is a long time masonic country since the Ottoman empire. In fact Turkey is just an extension of Israel. The people of Turkey are just held hostage to this mad man. It is very similar to what is transpiring in the EU and America.

    The gobal trinity runs the world, 3 states within states. The vatican is at the top, followed by the City of London and Washington DC which is tasked with the military aspect.

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  • vendor
    It was never ever a miscalculation but a high degree of incompetency and stupidity but the Turkish political elite.
  • luxor
    Basileos Putin reigning from the Tsargrad and attending mass in Hagia Sophia. Why not?
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