Turkey Will Pursue Non-Dollar Transactions In Trade: Erdogan

ANKARA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at the United States for behaving like “wild wolves,” saying Ankara would pur­sue non-dollar transactions in trade with Russia and other countries.

“America behaves like wild wolves. Don’t believe them,” Erdo­gan said in an address to a business forum in Bishkek on Sunday during a visit to Kyrgyzstan.

He added that negotiations were underway between Turkey and Rus­sia over using national currencies instead of the US dollar in bilateral trade ties.

The US has imposed punitive economic measures on both Ankara and Moscow.

“Using the dollar only damages us. We will not give up. We will be victorious,” Erdogan told the meet­ing, attended by Kyrgyz and Turk­ish businessmen as well as govern­ment officials.

Washington and Ankara are en­tangled in a dispute over an Ameri­can pastor standing trial in Turkey over terror charges.

Pastor Andrew Brunson has been accused of having links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gulen move­ment, which Turkey blames for the 2016 failed military coup.

Brunson, who has already spent nearly two years behind bars in Tur­key, has denied the charges, calling them “shameful and disgusting.”

If found guilty, he will face up to 35 years in jail. His imprisonment and then house arrest have caused one of the deepest rows between Turkey and the US.

Ties between NATO members Washington and Ankara hit a new low last month after the US took the dispute to the economic front, adopt­ing a series of punitive measures against Turkey, including impos­ing sanctions on Turkish ministers and doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs, which have led to a sharp de­cline in Turkey’s currency, the lira.

On August 25, the Turkish presi­dent called on his nation to demon­strate “commitment and determi­nation” as firm guarantees needed to combat “attacks” on Turkey’s economy.

“As we tackle attacks against the Turkish economy today, our big­gest guarantee is the commitment and determination of every member of our people to take hold of their independence, nation, and future,” Erdogan said.

Turkish Finance Minister Be­rat Albayrak said on Monday that recent unilateral steps taken by the United States to wage an economic war against Ankara are politically-motivated and could serve to ulti­mately bolster regional terrorism and the refugee crisis.

“These steps taken with politi­cal motivation will not only impact the global financial system but also global trade and regional stability,” Albayrak said at a joint news con­ference with his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire in Paris.



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