Jan 12 2018

Turkey to “cut the umbilical cord” to U.S. - columnist

Turkey will “cut the umbilical cord” to the United States and re-evaluate its relationship from the perspective of an independent state, a columnist who is known with her close ties to Turkish President's Palace and writes for pro-government English-language newspaper Daily Sabah.

From now on, “it is a question of if any kind of friendly relations can be maintained with the U.S. as long as the country acts against Turkey's interests in almost every field,” Hilal Kaplan wrote.

During the Cold War, “the U.S. took on a determining role in every aspect of Turkey's national issues, including military, intelligence, police and agriculture policies.”

But now, Kaplan said, the United States had ceased to even pretend to help Turkey fight off terror threats.

“The U.S. even objects to and hampers Ankara's purchase of missile defence systems while abetting terrorist groups against Turkey,” she said.

“The question has become more visible with the latest verdict on Hakan Atilla, and the Gülenist police chief searched as part of the case who turned out to be an FBI informant.”

Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of involvement in a scheme to undermine U.S. sanctions in Iran, was found guilty by a New York court this month, prompting fears of U.S. fines on Turkish banks and a chilling of diplomatic ties. The Turkish government says that a former Turkish police witness in the case was a member of the Gülen movement, a religious sect that the government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 failed coup attempt.