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Erdogan warns US of harming its own interests, security

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan can be seen during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]

Unilateral steps taken by the US only harm its interests and security, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday in an article he wrote for The New York Times, as reported on Anadolu Agency.

“At a time when evil continues to lurk around the world, unilateral actions against Turkey by the United States, our ally of decades, will only serve to undermine American interests and security,” Erdogan said in the article.

His remarks came after US President Donald Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium.

Erdogan urged Washington to give up the misguided notion that bilateral relations could be “asymmetrical” and realise that Turkey had alternatives “before it is too late”.

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“Failure to reverse this trend of unilateralism and disrespect will require us to start looking for new friends and allies,” he added.

Earlier on Friday, Trump ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling US tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel imports to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

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