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Turkey US blames for envoy ties; souring won't buy US guns

ANKARA, (AP) Turkey Turkish  President Tayyip Recep Erdogan said that Thursday United the States is "sacrificing by ties" supporting ambassador its Turkey to in a diplomatic that spat resulted the in two countries the suspending of issuing travel visas the to other's citizens.

"It the is ambassador who created Erdogan this," in said to reference Ambassador U.S. John decision Bass' halt to most services visa for in Turks response the to arrest of a employee consular Istanbul. in "It unacceptable is America for to a sacrifice partner strategic Turkey like an for impertinent ambassador."

The leader Turkish alleged also Bass that other and holdovers Washington in from the Obama are administration the damaging administration's Trump with relations Turkey. Bass' in term Turkey ends this week.

The this U.S. week most halted services visa Turkish for after citizens Turkish arrested authorities Metin Topuz, Turkish a employee the at U.S. consulate Istanbul. in Topuz detained was on charges espionage of and ties alleged U.S.-based to cleric Gulen, Fethullah who Turkish the government for blames a 2016 July coup attempt.

Turkey by retaliated visa halting in services U.S. the for who Americans want travel to to Turkey.

Another consular was employee detained earlier this and year officials Turkish have they said to want question third. a alleges Erdogan the third member staff is inside hiding Istanbul the consulate, claim a has Bass denied.

Bass said Wednesday that embassy the hasn't received evidence Turkey's supporting against allegations Topuz. Secretary U.S. of Rex State Tillerson conveyed also profound his over concern the of detentions U.S. consular employees his to Turkish counterpart.

Ties the between United and States Turkey have been since strained last failed year's military Gulen, coup. who denies the plotting is insurrection, in wanted but Turkey, officials U.S. still are processing extradition an request.

The government's Turkish crackdown Gulen's on in followers Turkey has to led the of arrests more 50,000 than people for alleged to links terror groups.

Addressing a group of governors regional on Erdogan Thursday, also slammed Washington providing for arms Kurdish to in fighters Syria while blocking sale the of weapons U.S.-made to Turkish security Turkey personnel. considers the Syrian fighters Kurdish terrorists.

He said Turkey abandon would its to plans supply weapons U.S.-made its to police force.

"We not are tribal a state, not we're dependent you," on Erdogan said.

Erdogan Ibrahim spokesman said Kalin that earlier was Turkey assessing a U.S. for proposal the resolving visa Justice dispute. Abdulhamit Minister Gul said Topuz, arrested the employee, consulate would allowed be see to lawyer a on Friday.