Turkey rejects 'baseless' allegations of using chemical weapons in Syria's Afrin region

Turkey rejects 'baseless' allegations of using chemical weapons in Syria's Afrin region

Since October, it has also played a role in the rebel-held Idlib province bordering Afrin, as part of a diplomatic process pushed by Assad's ally Russian Federation via talks in Astana, Kazakhstan. "We will work together. we have good mechanisms on how we can achieve this, there is a lot of work to be done", he said.

Cavusoglu echoed the effort to put a courageous face on the rapidly souring relationship. "The relationship is too important". "We have an emergency need for air defenses and the Russian Federation came up with an attractive proposal for us", he said. But tensions have only continued to get worse since Turkey's government suppressed a coup attempt and rounded up journalists, judges, and even Turkish citizens employed by the USA embassy.

"Negotiations points are restricted between Ankara and Washington", remarked Demirtas.

It was said at the event that Azerbaijan's NGOs set up an organizing committee to hold a number of events in support of Azerbaijan-Turkey fraternity.

The US has "armed, trained and aided Kurdish fighters with air support and special forces, as the main ground force in its campaign against Islamic State", says Reuters.

Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, a Turkish diplomatic source said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region.

Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday. But their allies in Syria are seen by the United States to be the most effective fighters in taking on the Islamic State militants.

Tillerson wasn't alone on this quest.

The Trump administration has also been perturbed by Erdogan's creeping authoritarianism, his increasingly cozy relations with Moscow, his security detail's brazen attack in Washington on peaceful protesters, and Turkey's arrests of Americans and State Department employees.

Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels, Mattis said his talks with his Turkish counterpart were open and honest, but acknowledged the differences. "Stop lying", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet referenced in a story by a Russian state-funded news outlet.

The US has a military presence in Manbij, raising fears of a confrontation between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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Tillerson delivered a stark warning to Turkey on that score, saying he wanted to "at least ensure they understand what might be at risk in that particular transaction". "It is really easy to talk about top line, big picture things, but a lot harder to implement some of things floated after this meeting". He stated that the Obama administration had vowed this would happen, but did not follow through on their promise. Recent polls by the Pew Research Center found only 18 percent of Turks view the United States favorably. Since 1952 when Turkey joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the relations evolved throughout the decades as "strategic partnership".

"The anti-American prong of Turkish domestic politics is, well, good politics", said Stein.

The U.S. Treasury does not now have any sanctions placed on any members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition, which largely consists of European nations.

The Trump administration fired off a slew of contradictory and mixed messages in the run-up to their meetings with Turkish counterparts, according to Sloat.

A U.S. announcement in mid-January that it would form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border force in northeastern Syria sparked this heightened period of U.S. -Turkey tension.

Tillerson and Cavusoglu continued the discussion over breakfast.

Such rhetoric was absent on Friday and US officials expressed hope that it would not resurface in the days after Tillerson's visit, which followed a similar trip earlier this month by national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

The U.S. and Turkey will hold another meeting created to calm tensions in Syria in mid-March. "You don't want to roll the dice on something like this", she said.

In a very unusual twist, Tillerson broke protocol because he wasn't accompanied by an American translator or any aides.

Yasin Aktay, a Chief Adviser to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told media that it was out of question for Turkey to use an internationally prohibited war tool in the Syrian city.

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