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‘US sanctions policy may push Turkey closer to Russia, China’

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Washington’s sanction policy against Ankara may lead the Turkish government to enhance cooperation with Moscow and Beijing, says an academic.

Relations between the United States and Turkey, two NATO allies, have taken a turn for the worse amid a dispute over the detention in Turkey of American pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism charges. The Turkish national currency lira further depreciated against the US dollar on Friday.

“It (US policy) will push Turkey possibly to collaborate with Russia and China against America” and they may try “to break the dominance of the United States’ dollar in global market,” Steve Keen, professor of economics at Kingston University, told Press TV on Saturday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “equally as determined as Trump,” he said, adding that Erdogan “is not going to be pushed to political compromise unless it has an economic benefit for him at the same time.”

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