ANKARA (Sputnik) — Fethullah Gulen is believed by Ankara to be the mastermind behind the recent military coup attempt.
"We must not confound the issue of extradition of Gulen and the relations with the United States over air base Incirlik. Relations with other countries should not be built on feelings and emotions, but based on logic. Of course, it would be a big mistake on the part of the United States not to extradite Gulen. We've sent all the necessary documents to the United States, we've begun the extradition process, and we will wait for the decision," Erdogan said in an interview with Al Jazeera broadcaster.
Electricity to the airbase used by the US-led coalition against Daesh has been cut off since Saturday, when a coup attempt against the Turkish government by elements of the Turkish armed forces took place.
Earlier in the day, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said the military relationship between Turkey and the United States had not changed following last week’s failed military coup.
On Tuesday, Gulen urged the US authorities to reject efforts to abuse the extradition process for carrying out "political vendettas." He denied any involvement in the coup attempt in Turkey.