Oct 11, 2019

EU ambassador: Turkey and Syria conflict "weakens the alliance we have"

Stavros Lambrinidis, EU ambassador to the U.S. Photo: Chuck Kenedy/Axios

Stavros Lambrinidis, EU ambassador to the U.S., says the conflict between Syria and Turkey fundamentally weakens the alliance between the 2 allies, and he called on Turkey to stop attacks immediately at an Axios event on Friday.

The big picture: Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects little international pushback for his Syria offensive, per Axios' Dave Lawler. Anger has grown in Washington and U.S. allies are concerned as Erdogan continues to rely heavily on his personal relationship with Trump.

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Romney on Pence meeting with Turkey's Erdogan: "It's too late"

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) attacked President Trump's decision to send a delegation to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey's invasion of Syria, telling NBC reporters on Wednesday that it's "too late for this kind of conversation."

"It's very hard to understand why it is the vice president and secretary of state and others are going to talk with Erdogan and Turkey... It's like the farmer who lost all his horses and goes to now shut the barn door."
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Senators: Erdogan's White House invitation should be revoked

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Mitt Romney and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Photo: Drew Angerer/ Zach Gibson/Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) have publicly suggested that President Trump revoke his invitation to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month after Turkey's offensive into Syria.

The big picture: Domestic pressure is mounting against Trump following his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, which gave Erdogan space to invade the area. Bipartisan opposition against Trump's has been building on this issue — even pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to work with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to draft sanctions against Turkey's outrages in Syria and support Kurdish allies.

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Trump confirms near-total Syria withdrawal while warning of costs for Turkey

Trump and Erdogan in 2017. Photo: Brenadan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump has confirmed that nearly all U.S. troops in Syria will be leaving the country while warning Turkey of repercussions for its offensive against Kurdish forces who had been key U.S. allies.

  • In a lengthy statement, Trump said the U.S. forces leaving Syria will remain in the region to guard against an ISIS resurgence. He also announced a suspension of trade talks with Turkey, a hike in steel tariffs to 50%, and potential "powerful additional sanctions" against those guilty of "serious human rights abuses."
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