Anti-Americanism rumours are false - Turkish government spokesman
The Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) government’s spokesperson Ömer Çelik on Tuesday said that there is no anti-Americanism in Turkey, opposition left-wing Birgün reported.
Çelik said ‘‘We heard a few sad things recently. Some argued that the reason for anti-Americanism in Turkey is the AK Party. These evaluations are wrong. There is no anti-Americanism in Turkey. We think that American bureaucrats should evaluate better the issues that our citizens react to. There is nothing more normal than the reaction of our citizens to the fact that the person responsible for the July 15 coup attempt lives comfortably in the USA’’.
Çelik criticized the US's stance in northern Syria and the CAATSA sanctions saying ‘‘The US support for the PKK / PYD / YPG which organize terrorist attacks, of course, sparks reaction among our nation. We bought the S-400 defense systems because we wanted to buy the Patriots but were not given. Then the CAATSA sanctions were imposed on us. It is not possible to say that they stay away from double standards’’. ‘’We express once again that when we rely on a principled alliance, there is no problem we cannot solve’’, he added.
Meanwhile, Antony Blinken has been confirmed as secretary of state on Tuesday. Blinken won bipartisan approval in the Senate, with a vote of 78-22. Blinken called Turkey 'so-called strategic partner' in U.S. Senate hearing on Jan. 20.
"The idea that a strategic - so-called strategic - partner of ours would actually be in line with one of our biggest strategic competitors in Russia is unacceptable," said Blinken responding to a question from Senator Lindsey Graham on the S-400 purchase.