A Turkish soldier asked for asylum from the United States post the military coup in Turkey, Reuters reports, citing two us sources.
According to them, the officer worked in the headquarters of the United armed forces of NATO, which is located in Norfolk (Virginia). The interlocutors of the Agency to call either his name or rank.
A source in the Turkish Embassy in Washington said that we can talk about a Turkish rear Admiral Mustafa Ugurlu. In Turkey issued a warrant for his arrest, but on July 22, Ugurlu left documents — in particular, ID — based”, and then after that nobody heard.”
According to this source, from the US to Turkey was caused by two more officers who occupy lower positions.
In one of the news articles published on the NATO website, Reuters found mention of Ugurlu. In the material he is described as assistant chief of staff.
According to the Agency, a request for asylum from the USA from the Turkish military is the first such case. It may worsen relations between the two countries.
Pentagon spokesman captain Jeff Davis declined to comment on this information by forwarding questions about the Turkish military Ankara.
On the night of July 16, in Turkey there was a military coup attempt. Turkish authorities said that the ideology of the rebellion was the former Imam Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the United States. Gulen himself denies any involvement in the coup.
19 July, Turkey sent the American authorities a request for the extradition of gülen. The next day, he urged the United States to reject the request of Ankara. U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry in turn said that in his country there is “a formal process for handling zaprosov extradition” and that Turkey “needs to send the evidence, and not statements.”
The head of Ministry of justice of Turkey Bekir bozdag said that the U.S. will reconsider the issue of extradition of gülen, since this question leads to the negative development of relations between the two countries.” “Turkey’s growing anti-American sentiment, which lead to hatred,” said Bozdag.