Unknown fired at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara :: Policy :: RBC

Having made about five shots, the attackers fled in a white car. Data on victims are not present

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara. 20 Aug 2018

(Photo: Tumay Berkin / Reuters)

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara was attacked by gunmen from the car in white, the incident occurred at 5 am local time (coincides with Moscow), according to CNN Turk.

At the Embassy, according to TV channel, was shot four or five times. No one was hurt. It was a broken window in the security booth. The gunman fled, police looking for them.

The consequences of the shelling of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. 20 Aug 2018

(Photo: Burhan Ozbilici / AP)

The shooting occurred in the conditions of deteriorating relations between Ankara and Washington. The relations between the two countries deteriorated because of the arrest in Turkey of the American pastor Andrew Brunson. Ankara believes that he is linked to the Kurdistan workers ‘ party (a party banned in Turkey, the authorities consider her a terrorist) and the organization of a preacher Fethullah Gulen (his Ankara considers one of the organizers of the coup d’état in 2016).

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August 1, the U.S. government has imposed sanctions against two Turkish officials: interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, and Minister of justice, Gul Abdulhamit. The reason Washington is called the detention of pastor Brunson and people who worked in the American Embassy. August 10, U.S. President Donald trump announced a two-fold increase in duties on steel and aluminium from Turkey — up to 50% and 20%.

After that, the Turkish Lira collapsed. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the United States began against the country’s “economic war” and called for a boycott of electronics from the US. August 15, Ankara has raised duties on cars, alcohol and tobacco from the United States.

August 17, the Turkish court refused to release Brunson from house arrest.

The United States and Turkey are members of NATO.

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