Turkey Won't Refuse to Cooperate With Russia, Iran on Syria - Deputy PM

Turkey Won't Refuse to Cooperate With Russia, Iran on Syria - Deputy PM

Turkey Won't Refuse to Cooperate With Russia, Iran on Syria - Deputy PM

Washington has called for Brunson's release while Erdogan suggested previous year his fate could be linked to that of USA -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose extradition Ankara has repeatedly sought to face charges over the coup attempt.

His comments came in response to a reporter's question about an earlier comment from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said Turkey's support for USA -led strikes against Syria showed it had "separated" from Russian Federation.

Brunson, who served as the pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church with a small Protestant congregation and has lived in Turkey for 23 years, denies all allegations. His wife was in the courtroom, as were North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and USA envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback.

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Aliaga: An American pastor is going on trial in Turkey accused of ties to terror groups and spying, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States.

Izmir's prosecutor's office said that sufficient evidence was obtained to charge Brunson with aiding armed terrorist organizations and obtaining confidential government information for political and military espionage. The prosecution is trying to find a jail sentence of upto 35 decades.

The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative Christian group in the USA, has called Brunson a "hostage of the Turkish government".

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But Erdogan fired back at Washington, demanding that the US first return Gulen.

Ismail Cem Halavurt stated Andrew Brunson, detained faced the &ldquordquo; control of aiding a terrorist association and should really be freed at rsquo & Monday.

"You give him to us and we'll give you this one", he said, referring to Brunson.

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A replicate of Brunson's indictment noticed by Reuters accuses him of doing work together with Gulen's community and also the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has battled an insurgency in southeast Turkey and is designated a terrorist group by the United States and eu.

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