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Turkish FM: US trying to exploit current problems for political gain in elections

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Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu claimed at a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart in Antalya that the US is not trying to normalize relations with Turkey but rather “make use of the situation as material for the upcoming elections,” the T24 news website reported on Sunday.

Çavuşoğlu and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met at the opening ceremony of Serbia’s honorary consulate in the southern city Antalya and held a joint press conference in which they commented on bilateral relations between Serbia and Turkey and took questions from reporters.

Answering questions regarding US relations, Çavuşoğlu said: “We engaged in diplomacy and made suggestions to resolve the problems. However, the US is using threatening language. We can’t arrive at any resolution under these circumstances.”

“It seems like they don’t intend to resolve issues with Turkey but rather make moves in line with their political concerns, making use of the situation as material for the upcoming elections,” he claimed.

The 2018 midterm elections will be held in November, in the middle of US President Donald Trump’s first term in office.

Stating that there is internal chaos within the US, Çavuşoğlu added: “We even see different approaches from cabinet secretaries deputies within the same department. But Americans have also started to see the reality. We have no problem with American citizens.”

In the meeting Dacic made remarks about cooperation between Turkey and Serbia, saying that they would like to enhance relations not only in economic terms but also in the areas of culture, education and sports. “We won’t take part in any coalition against Turkey,” Dacic said at the meeting.

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