Turkey is a valuable US ally and therefore it is necessary to overcome anti-Turkish sentiments in the country. This was stated by a member of the US House of Representatives from Ohio and co-chairman of the US-Turkey friendship group in the House of Representatives, Republican Steve Shabo.
American politician took part in online discussion, conducted by the Turkish American National Coordinating Committee (TASK). Answering the question of the co-chairman of the committee from Turkey, Gunay Evinch, Shabo explained, that recently, relations between the United States and Turkey “somewhat cooled” due to the purchase by Ankara of the Russian anti-aircraft system S-400. However, he stressed, that two NATO allies are too valuable to each other, therefore it is necessary to overcome the resulting split.
Turkey has always been a very important ally for the United States. As is known, today the air defense system, acquired from Russia, raised some concerns like the Pentagon, and in Congress. We must get over this. Turkey is a very important and strong country. We are NATO allies and friends, I think, that we must overcome this problem at some point
– said the congressman, however did not explain, how Washington and Ankara will solve the problem of the Russian air defense system.
Shabo added, that the reason for the large number of anti-Turkish resolutions, adopted by the US Congress, is the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, and also a scandal, associated with a fight in front of the residence of the Turkish ambassador in Washington 2017 year.