Turkey criticized the actions of the US after American authorities issued arrest warrants for 12 people from the security service of the Turkish Prime Minister for a bloody brawl during an official state visit in may.
Police in Washington, D.C., issued a warrant Thursday for 12 security personnel Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a number of charges, including aggravated assault. The charges stem from a scuffle that occurred outside the residence of the Ambassador of Turkey in the city, exacerbating diplomatic tensions between the United States and its longtime ally. On Thursday, Erdogan denied that his security had done something wrong and questioned the legality of the warrant.
A total of 18 people were indicted for this incident. Two of them were arrested on Wednesday, two today, and 14 - in search. The statement of the Turkish foreign Ministry said that the decision to issue warrants was "incorrect, biased and without legal basis". The fight was "caused by the inability of local security authorities to take the necessary measures" and "Turkish citizens should not bear responsibility."
9 people were injured in the melee that broke out may 16, but witnesses and the Turkish authorities have offered conflicting information about who was involved and who is to blame.
The Turkish Embassy reported that the protesters were associated with the PKK (Kurdistan workers ' party), which is a terrorist group in Turkey, the US and Europe and participates in a 30-year conflict with the Turkish government. Turkey claims that the protesters "began to aggressively provoke the Turkish-American citizens who peacefully gathered to greet the President."
Press Secretary of the Department of state Heather Nauert not reported, is the U.S. planning to achieve the issuance of the security personnel who returned to Turkey to complete the investigation to avoid arrest.
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