Turkey: 'It is unacceptable for US to sacrifice Turkey' — Erdogan hits as dispute escalates

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a press conference in Ankara that 'it is unacceptable for the US to sacrifice a strategic partner such as Turkey to an impertinent ambassador,' as a row concerning visas escalated, Thursday. Erdogan referenced US Ambassador John Bates as he pointed the finger over the United States' suspension of 'all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic... Еще facilities in Turkey.' Turkey responded by issuing the exact same statement with the country's names reversed. «I have told my foreign minister that to send exactly the same message back by translating it word by word and we will start to apply the same procedure. And it has started in the next two hours. Why? We are a state with centuries of history. We are not a tribal state,» Erdogan surmised.

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