Turkey tries different measures to free Crimean Tatars jailed by Russia - Erdogan

Turkey tries different measures to free Crimean Tatars jailed by Russia - Erdogan

Turkey tries different measures to free Crimean Tatars jailed by Russia - Erdogan

The president of Turkey said his country considers the issue of Crimea to be very important and sensitive. Bass has already received a new appointment in Afghanistan, but before his departure he will have farewell meetings with representatives of the Turkish state as ministers and the Speaker of Parliament.

The dispute blew up last week when Turkey arrested a Turkish employee of the American consulate on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup.

Turkey is calling for a normalization of relations with the United States following rising diplomatic tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the US was pressing Turkey to return a "cleric" while refusing to hand over another "cleric".

But after two days of acrimonious broadsides from Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had earlier today struck a more conciliatory tone.

Erdogan said that "a lot of work" had to be done to achieve this goal, in particular, it was necessary to reach the final stage of the signing of the free trade agreement and switch to its practical implementation.

The Pentagon has said diplomatic tension between the USA and Turkey has not affected their military activities.

"We have felt at home during this visit to Serbia", Erdogan said.

The spat between the two countries was ignited by the recent arrest of Metin Topuz, a US consulate employee in Istanbul, over suspected links to USA -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

US pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, has also been behind bars for a year for alleged links to Gulen.

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