The annual secret service report singled out Turkey as a country moving away from the United States, accusing it of the “growing autocracy” of its leaders.
The Turkish president is in a state of panic because he has activated paramilitary groups in fear of an American plan to move away from the government. A few days earlier, US media outlined the “difficult future of Erdogan”, while releasing popular assault rallies in Turkey.
The Americans have plunged the authoritarian Erdogan and it is a matter of time to intervene, in any way, with the Ankara government. Of course, this is a deliberate and unpredictable Turkish president who will try to defuse the crisis outside of Turkey …
Reinforced by the annual threat assessment for 2019, drafted by the National Intelligence Director (DNI), who warned of the danger posed by Turkey’s bad relationship with the United States, the senators urged action to be taken to prevent a deeper rupture with America’s ally in NATO, says the US agency UPI.
Congress and President Donald Trub are largely in the way of how the US approaches the aid to Kurdish militias in northern Syria. It is a “controversy” between the United States and Turkey in the light of Mr Trump’s announcement in December that he plans to withdraw the US forces from Syria.
It is uncertain at the moment that Mr Trab will approach Turkey, which has become more friendly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent years. The relationship between Russia and Turkey is an important framework for US secret service announcements on the state of relations between the United States and Turkey, Bulent Aliizas, Director of the Turkish Directorate of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told UPI.
“It’s like a bad marriage,” Alirizas said referring to US-Turkish relations. “How much more stress can this relationship last before it breaks? I do not think the split is imminent, but the issues are expanding and the issues on the list are widening. “
DNI chief Dan Coats told the Secret Services Commission that the long-standing alliance with the United States would be “important but not decisive” for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The annual threat assessment “finger shows” Turkey even more strongly, noting: “The increasing authoritarianism of Turkish leaders” has made Ankara “more willing to challenge the US regional targets.”
Although the DNI threat assessment last year raised concerns about Erdogan’s “polarizing rhetoric” and its impact on bilateral relations, the threat assessment of 2019 is a remarkable change of intelligence to a NATO ally.
“For many, many years, they were moving in a direction that was more consistent with most of our NATO partners and now moving in a different direction,” said Senator Thom Tillis, RN.C., who helped negotiate liberalization of North Carolina pastor Andrew Branson from Turkish prisons last year.
“I think they have to be on a positive path, otherwise it will be difficult for us,” Tillis said. The US agency says support for US military forces in Kurdish militias in northern Syria has provoked tensions between Turkey and the United States in recent years. Turkey believes that armed Kurdish forces are a terrorist threat along its borders and has been attacking and threatening with new attacks against US-backed Kurdish forces.
Continued US support for the Kurds faced further complications, as well as conflicting messages, last week. Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Warned against US withdrawal from Syria and argued that maintaining US military presence in the country would “reassure our local partners who took most of the conflict” against the Islamic state . Meanwhile, a Kurdish delegation met Tuesday with President Trab and a group of senators from the two parties led by Maryland’s Democratic Senator Chris van Hollen.
The Kurdish delegation urged the United States to leave some of their troops in Northern Syria in order to create a security zone between the Kurds and Turkey, according to the Democratic senator. “The Syrian Kurds are very worried about what will happen if the United States leaves Syria completely because it will become very vulnerable to the Turkish attack,” said Van Hollen.
The senator, along with his Republican colleague Penn Toomey, introduced to the Senate a modification on Tuesday in a Middle East bill, and asks Mr Trab to submit to Congress the strategy for the protection of the Kurds in northern Syria.
Legislation, a collection of four bills that sanction the Syrian government and extend arms sales to Israel and Jordan, has suffered many procedural barriers in the Senate, but still faces a final vote and parliamentary approval voted by the Democrats. The alliance between the United States and Turkey could collapse without the common fear of the Soviet Union that gathered the two countries during the Cold War, according to Aljizia.
“Yesterday was an important day because the intelligence community, which previously collaborated with Turkey as an ally in the information and security areas, beats the bell for the relationship,” he said.
The further risk to relations is the growing alliance of Turkey with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Turkey has signed an agreement with Russia to take a S-400 missile defense system, which has urged US Senators to try to block Turkey from buying the F-35 aircraft from the United States if they buy Russian missiles. Turkey has received $ 13.8 billion of military aid from the United States since 1948, but current military aid credits are limited to $ 3 million to $ 5 million per year, according to the Congressional Research Service.
“We would like to maintain good relations with Turkey,” said van Hollen. “But when you have a NATO ally buying a Russian air defense system that obviously undermines the unity of the alliance.”