James Jeffrey: Erdogan personally allows it every day
Reportedly, the US government so far has supplied 4,900 trucks of weapon and several military planes to the Syrian Democratic Forces under color of fighting against ISIS. Turkish authorities continuously express their discontent with the above US actions. Particularly, they sharply condemned and spoke against the last statement of the USA about its plans to form Border Security Forces in Syria in cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Forces. However, former US ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey stated that the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally allows the US planes that support Syrian Democratic Forces to take off from military bases in Turkey. The former ambassador spoke about it at a session devoted to problems related to current changes in Turkey. “America is supporting a group related to PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) in the fight against ISIS. Turkey expresses its discounted on this subject every day. However, the planes conducting this support take off from military bases in Turkey. Erdogan personally permits it every day”, Jeffrey said. James Jeffrey also noted that despite the democracy problems in Turkey, mutual cooperation between the two states is of great importance, especially in current complicated situation. According to the ex-ambassador, Turkey’s geographic location and its military potential should not be overlooked. “In the current situation in the world, we need allies very much. Look at the world – from Ukraine to the South China Sea, from North Korea to Syria – you will see that the world is in very dangerous geostrategic situation. Turkey is of vital importance in many respects in settling this situation”. “Despite internal problems, Turkey is relatively stable country. Considering geographic location of Turkey and its military potential, it is impossible to manage without it in the Middle East and Black Sea”, James Jeffrey said.