US official: Turkey is ‘indispensable’ for Washington


Turkey is “indispensable” for the United States, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell told Kathimerini on Dec. 15 in Washington, a day after a U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue meeting.

President Donald Trump’s key official on Greek-Turkish affairs and the Eastern Mediterranean defined Turkey as an indispensable ally for Washington. “Our relationship with Turkey is both difficult and critical. Turkey plays a key role in our operations against ISIS in the Middle East. Turkey is our NATO ally and the strategic position of İncirlik Air Base is also crucial for us,” he added, using another acronym for ISIL.

Mitchell also touched on ups and downs in relations between Washington and Ankara, saying, “We welcomed Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release. We also put pressure on Turks against their willingness to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems.”

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