Summary: Erdoğan resets Turkish government, with power moving to the executive presidency. Activity at home and abroad. Turkey ” great and strong” but can he get what he wants from Trump? EU and others react cautiously.

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  1. Frank Rettenberg

    Turkish-American and Turkish-NATO relations are likely to remain poor for a considerable period of time. Turkey’s pending acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense system has encouraged the US Senate to oppose the sale of US F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, which some analysts believe could encourage Ankara to purchase Russian SU-57s instead. Any attempt to Integrate one or both of these Russian weapons into the NATO defense network could compromise NATO security, and thus their acquisition could lead to the estrangement of Turkey from the western military alliance. Turkey is demanding that the US extradite Fethullah Gulen, but has not provided US authorities with sufficient evidence, and indeed, two full years after the event has failed to produce a convincing narrative of the events leading up to the unsuccessful coup d’etat which Gulen allegedly master-minded. Observers assume that by withholding coup plotting details, Erdogan has intended to give himself latitude to order the arrest of whomever he wants as allegedly involved in the coup. Meanwhile, Turkish authorities have detained Andrew Brunson, the American pastor of a small Christian church in Izmir, on grounds of rendering assistance to both Gulenist and Kurdish “terrorists”, a far stretch indeed, with little evidence to back up the charge. Erdogan may have had in mind a Gulen for Brunson tit-for-tat, but Brunson’s arrest has infuriated US lawmakers and will only lead to further Turkish-American friction.
    Frank Rettenberg, San Rafael, California

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