Turkey explained a US choice to finish a decades-old arms embargo on the disputed island of Cyprus yesterday, as a”dangerous escalation” at the most recent sign of strained relationships between the NATO allies.
The warning follows a vote by Congress, included in a huge defence spending bill that passed 86 to eight, having passed through the House of Representatives together with President Donald Trump expected to sign it.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry also declared yesterday”Greek Cypriot government is going to not have any outcome aside from hampering attempts towards a settlement on the island”
The embargo was enforced in 1987, to prevent additional escalation of this battle on the southern island, that was split because 1974 if the Turkish army invaded it to safeguard the Turkish speaking inhabitants, in response to a coup orchestrated by the then-Greek army junta.
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The acceptance by the Senate is the most recent episode resulting in rising tensions between Washington DC and Ankara, following the Senate unanimously voted last week to recognise the Armenian genocide; some thing that the Turkish authorities vehemently dispute, even though the US president has sided with Turkey, rejecting the demanding work.
Additionally, there are disputes within the US government’s support of Kurdish militia in Syria, connected with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The US has also threatened Turkey with sanctions on its defiance in moving with the buying of Russian S-400 missile defence systems, also Turkey’s subsequent removal by the US in the F-35 fighter jet programme. Turkish President Erdogan has lately threatened to shut two US bases in the nation, if the sanctions be levied.
Also a Turkish drone landed in northern Cyprus yesterday, as tensions escalate with Greece over Turkey’s deal with Libya, extending its promises into the gas-rich Mediterranean.
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