Relations between longtime NATO partners, the United States, and Turkey, have again strained. Donald Trump demanded from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to curtail the military campaign in Northern Syria, and when he refused, Trump imposed sanctions against Ankara.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu had a phone conversation with US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo about the US sanctions against Ankara. The US Secretary of state said that the US goal is not to break off relations with Turkey.
“Our goal is not to break off relations with Turkey. It is a member of NATO, we have important (general) interest in the field of security. Our goal is to block opportunities for Turkey to continue such activities. We are working to stop this,” the Secretary of state said.
Pompeo also confirmed that together with the Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence is planning to have a personal meeting with the Turkish President. According to him, US President Donald Trump considers it important to hold talks at the highest level.