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Detained pastor case reflects accumulated problems between U.S., Turkey: experts

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Imran Demir, professor of international relations, Marmara University:
"You got to look at the issue from a broader context. Each Turkey and United States are experiencing some problems since 2013 and the laundry list is long. You have the Syrian crisis, I mean Syrian problem, the civil war in Syria, diverging objectives in Syria, you have the U.S. support for YPG, the Kurdish factions along Turkish borders in Syria, and you have the Turkish relations with Iran and Russia, and you have also the S-400 missile defense system that Turkey would like to purchase from Russia."

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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Imran Demir, professor of international relations, Marmara University:
"The major obstacle is not the Brunson case. The Brunson case is just a show that's played in front of cameras. The major obstacle is right now, in the near future is Syria. And what that would mean for the future of the Middle East, the future of the powers in the Middle East, what would be the implications of a rising Kurdish entity on the southern border of Turkey."

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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ilter Turan, professor of political science, Istanbul Bilgi University:
"As I said this is a relationship that goes up and down. It's a multi-faceted relationship. Turkey, the United States and the most of the European Union is linked in to a security community and that relationship is likely to continue. And also countries the size of Turkey must always have a variety of relations. Turkey does still have an interest in having reasonable relations with the United States."

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The case of detained U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey is just "a show" that reflects the accumulated problems between the two countries, according to experts in Turkey.

The United States and Turkey had been locked in a diplomatic crisis after the United States imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the detention of 50-year-old American pastor Andrew Brunson who is charged with terror links. Turkey had vowed to retaliate against U.S. sanctions.

Turkish political analysts believe that the Brunson case is just an epitome of a deteriorating relationship between the two sides.

"You got to look at the issue from a broader context. Each Turkey and United States are experiencing some problems since 2013 and the laundry list is long," said Imran Demir, professor of international relations at Marmara University in Istanbul.

The U.S. and Turkey are facing a spate of disagreements including diverging objectives in Syria, the U.S. support for YPG, a Kurdish faction along the Turkish border in Syria, and Turkey’s intention to purchase the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, added Demir.

Turkey's strong disapproval of U.S. support for Kurdish militia in Syria is deemed to be a major obstacle for bilateral ties in the future.

"The major obstacle is not the Brunson case. The Brunson case is just a show that's played in front of cameras. The major obstacle is right now, in the near future is Syria. And what that would mean for the future of the Middle East, the future of the powers in the Middle East, what would be the implications of a rising Kurdish entity on the southern border of Turkey," said Demir.

The next hearing for pastor Brunson, who was moved to house arrest in July, will be held on Friday ahead of the elections for U.S. congress which has been closely monitoring the case.

The bilateral ties are in a slight thaw as there is hope that the American pastor will be freed.

International affairs expert Ilter Turan pointed out that a broken relationship between the U.S. and Turkey is not in line with the interests of both countries.

"As I said this is a relationship that goes up and down. It's a multi-faceted relationship. Turkey, the United States and the most of the European Union is linked in to a security community and that relationship is likely to continue. And also countries the size of Turkey must always have a variety of relations. Turkey does still have an interest in having reasonable relations with the United States," said Turan, political science professor at Istanbul Bilgi University.

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  • ID : 8092915
  • Published : 2018-10-12 13:29
  • Last Modified : 2018-10-12 19:11:26
  • Location : Turkey
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 2'58
  • Audio Language : English/Nats/Part Mute
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
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  • ID : 8092915
  • Published : 2018-10-12 19:06
  • Last Modified : 2018-10-12 19:11:27
  • Location : اسطنبول,تركيا
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 2'58
  • Audio Language : الإنجليزية/صوت الشرح/بعضه بلا صوت
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
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  • Version : 1
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