United States “sooner or later” will have to make a choice between Turkey and organization of the opposition preacher Fethullah gülen FETO, which Ankara believes is responsible for the attempted military coup in the country. This statement was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, quoted by the Turkish Anadolu news Agency.
“Sooner or later the United States will have to make a choice: either Turkey or FETO. Or planning coups terrorist FETO, or a democratic Turkey. The choice has to be made,” said Erdogan.
Ankara considers living in the USA writer and former preacher Fethullah gülen, the mastermind of a coup attempt in Turkey. Gulen himself denies the accusations. 19 July, Turkey sent the American authorities a request for his extradition. 20 July, he urged the United States to reject the request of the Turkish authorities for his extradition.
U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry previously said that there is “a formal process for handling requests for extradition,” and that Turkey “needs to send the evidence, and not statements.”
The Minister of justice of Turkey Bekir bozdag, in turn, after these statements, the head of the state Department stated that, in his opinion, the USA will reconsider the issue of extradition of gülen to reduce anti-American sentiment in Turkey. “Turkey’s growing anti-American sentiment, which lead to hatred,” Bozdag said in an interview in an interview with Anadolu Agency.