Turkey-US relations: What next?

RT.com reports,’Top Turkish officials have lashed out at the US, stating that Turkey “is not a tribal state” and does not need Washington’s permission to detain and prosecute suspects. The Turkish prime minister promised to “retaliate” over the suspension of non-immigrant visas. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly criticized the US decision to suspend issuing visas to Turkish citizens, following the arrest of Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen employed at the US consulate in Istanbul . . .

The recent flashpoint in Turkey-US relations emerged last Wednesday with the arrest of Topuz, a US consulate employee in Istanbul, over alleged links to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara named as a mastermind behind the 2016 botched coup attempt.  The arrest was criticized by the US embassy in Turkey as “devaluing” for relations between the two countries. On Sunday, the embassy suspended issuing non-immigrant visas to Turkish citizens, citing Washington’s need to “reassess the commitment of the government of Turkey to the security of the US mission and personnel.”  Ankara responded with a tit-for-tat move, suspending visas to US citizens and issuing a detention warrant for a second US consulate worker, while urging Washington to reverse its decision.’ click here.