Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will never give in to threats of sanction by the United States over the trial of an American pastor, accusing the NATO ally of displaying a “Zionist mentality.”
Relations between Washington and Ankara have spiraled into a full-blown crisis over the trial of Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor who is accused of helping the perpetrators of a failed military coup against Erdogan in 2016.
US President Donald Trump threatened last week to impose “large sanctions” on Turkey unless it frees the pastor, was transferred to house arrest last week after spending 21 months in a Turkish prison on terrorism charges.
“These threatening remarks against us will not benefit anyone. We showed the best solidarity with the United States in NATO. We have acted together with them in Korea. Together, we put up many fights. Such a threat against Turkey, a country that still fights together with the United States…