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We don't need you: Erdoğan warns US

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Amid the ongoing visa and arrest crisis between Ankara and Washington, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 12 that if the U.S. does not accept Turkey the way it is "then we do not need you."

Calling on Washington to "return to reason," Erdoğan repeated his claim that it was U.S. Ambassador to Ankara John Bass who prompted the current crisis.

"We are not a tribal state. We are the state of the Republic of Turkey and you will accept it. If you don't, then sorry but we do not need you," Erdoğan said, addressing a meeting of provincial governors in the capital Ankara.

"The decision taken by the U.S. Consulate and the statements made after it are not related to the truth or reality. A junta within the American bureaucracy that is related to the previous administration aims to sabotage relations between the new administration and Turkey," he added.

Ankara and Washington are going through their worst bilateral crisis in years after U.S. Istanbul Consulate official Metin Topuz was arrested last week, prompting the U.S. to announce on Oct. 8 that it has stopped issuing non-immigrant visas in Turkey. In return, Ankara imposed tit-for-tat measures implementing the same measures.

Erdoğan's comments came a day after Ambassador Bass stated that the decision for visa suspension was taken by the U.S. government, which also confirmed that the decision was taken in coordination with the State Department, the White House and the National Security Council.

"Our ambassadors tend not to do things unilaterally," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Oct. 10.

Nevertheless, the Turkish president again claimed that it was Bass who prompted the current visa suspension crisis.

"Let me be very clear, the person who caused this is the ambassador here. It is unacceptable that the U.S. has sacrificed a strategic partner like Turkey to a presumptuous ambassador," Erdoğan said.

"If an ambassador in Ankara is governing the great United States, it is a shame. They should have told him he could not act like that to a strategic ally. But they could not do that," he said.

In the same speech Erdoğan once again criticized Washington's hesitation to sell arms to Turkey, while instead providing arms to the "terrorist organization" for free.

He also said Ankara will stand behind its decision to mutually suspend visa services with Washington "if the U.S. secretary of state and the president defend the ambassador's step."

"Turkey has acted based on the principle of reciprocity, following unjust and non-proportional steps taken against our citizens with the suspension of visa applications. Turkey is never a party that extends a problem," Erdoğan added.

"Our wish for our interlocutors to return to reason and calm, abandoning steps that would harm our friendship and alliance," he said.

Erdoğan also stated that the detention process of the U.S. consulate officer Topuz "is ongoing within the constitutional framework."

"The legal process on the individual working at the U.S. Istanbul mission as a local personnel, who is the citizen of our country and does not hold any diplomatic immunity, is ongoing within legal practices, agreements and the Vienna Convention," he said.

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野村 雅道(のむら・まさみち)氏

1979年東京大学教養学部を卒業後、東京銀行(現三菱東京UFJ銀行)入行、82年ニューヨーク支店にて国際投資業務(主に中南米融資)、外貨資金業務に従事。85年プラザ合意時には本店為替資金部でチーフディーラーを務める。

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