Can a solution be reached? Sputnik spoke with Dr Oguz Demir, Director of the EU Research Centre in Istanbul for more insight on the issue.
Sputnik: Is Turkey likely to cave in to US pressure and release Andrew Brunson?
Sputnik: How important are US-Turkey relations for Middle East stability?
Dr Oguz Demir: Turkey is the main NATO ally of the US in Syria, Iran and oil resources. I think this shows just how important Turkey’s role is, regarding stability in the region.
On the other hand, the US was always the driver of modernisation in Turkey, but I think that both countries should discuss the problems in a more diplomatic manner.
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