Washington must reconsider its partnership with the YPG in order to convince the Turks to start talking about other issues, including Iran’s containment. But some steps must be taken regarding Manbij first.
The shift of axis in U.S. foreign policy is the root cause of the deterioration of relations between Ankara and Washington.
The U.S. administration makes promises behind closed doors with no intention of keeping them and continue taking steps that place Turkish interests at risk.
Speaking alongside his visiting U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson at a press conference in Ankara, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “We’ve reached an understanding to normalize our relations [with the U.S.].”
During their meeting, President Erdogan explicitly told Tillerson Turkey’s priorities and expectations from the U.S. on bilateral ties and regional developments.
The toleration displayed by the U.S. Armed Forces towards groups like the YPG and PYD, which harbor terrorist elements, amounts to a violation of international law.
U.S. foreign policy is being shaped by narrow-minded military officers, and this is the reason behind Ankara and Washington’s frozen relations.
By favoring the YPG over Turkey, the U.S. has preferred the transitory actor as an ally at the expense of a permanent one. As such, the U.S. has lost the strategic depth of its regional policy.
It would appear that the Turkish public’s traditional hostility toward the Soviet Union has been replaced by the United States due to Washington’s support to PKK/YPG militants.
The anti-Turkey lobby in the U.S. directs the Trump administration to determine its YPG policy, which is why relations between Ankara and Washington cannot stay on the right track.