Strained relations between former close partners in the NATO bloc.
After his arrest by Turkish authorities of a Turkish citizen working in the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, between the two countries began the intensification of the contradictions.
The Turkish authorities accused the arrested person that he is connected to Fethullah gÃ¼len, who is the U.S. government hiding in its territory, and is a member of the fugitive Islamic preacher. That is Gulen the Turkish government the ideologist and organizer of a failed coup attempt which was made in the summer of 2016.
The arrested were charged with espionage activities, as well as the intent to undermine the constitutional order in Turkey.
In response, the U.S. government ceased to grant Turkish citizens visa. What Turkey responded symmetrically. It is noteworthy that the announcement of the termination of issuing visas of the Turkish side exactly word for word repeats the message of the American diplomats.