SANAA, Dec. 16 (YPA) – The Pentagon has announced that it is making efforts to maintain relations with Turkey, commenting on Ankara’s threat to close the Incirlik and Kurecik military bases used by the US forces.
It said that the US military presence at these bases is being conducted with the approval of the Turkish government.
“We see the presence of our forces in Turkey as a symbol of our long-standing commitment to cooperate and protect our NATO ally and strategic partner,” the Pentagon added in a statement.
Turkish-US relations have been strained, particularly since Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.
As Washington considers sanctions against Ankara recently for buying the S-400, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday threatened to close two strategic military bases used by the United States in Turkey, after Washington warned of sanctions over Ankara buying Russian arms.
“If necessary, we can close Incirlik and we can close Kurecik,” Erdogan said during an interview with the pro-government A Haber television channel.