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Relations between the US and Turkey continue to deteriorate because of the position of Ankara. This was stated by the us Director of National intelligence Dan Coates, reports TASS.
According to him, the blame for this Turkey’s regional ambitions, its distrust of Washington and the growing authoritarianism of Turkish leaders. All this also increases the willingness of Ankara to challenge US objectives in the region, he said.
In testimony to the Senate intelligence Committee Coates also noted that in the next five years, relations will become even more difficult to manage. This is due to the fact that Turkey is now “going through the transformation of their political and national identity.”
The DCS, added that the threat is Iran, which is likely to continue to increase the military potential. “The regional ambitions of Iran and the increasing level of combat capability will almost certainly threaten US interests in the beginning of the year,” he said. Coates noted that the likely increase in pressure on warships and merchant vessels of the US and its allies in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz.
The deterioration of relations between Washington and Ankara due, in part, with support by the Americans, the Kurds in Syria (in Turkey they are considered terrorists), relations with Iran and supply agreement with the Turkish side Russian systems s-400.
Relations between the US and Iran escalated after the beginning of may of 2018, the American President Donald trump announced the unilateral withdrawal of Washington from a nuclear deal in 2015 and the renewal of the sanctions against Tehran.
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