U.S. President Barack Obama has personally warned the Turkish prime minister that Ankara's strained relations with Israel and growing support for Iran could hinder an arms deal between Ankara and Washington, the Financial Times reported on Monday. "The president has said to [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan that some of the actions that Turkey has taken have caused questions to be raised on the Hill [Congress] . . . about whether we can have confidence in Turkey as an ally," one senior administration official told the Financial Times.
"That means that some of the requests Turkey has made of us, for example in providing some of the weaponry that it would like to fight the PKK, will be harder for us to move through Congress," the official was quoted as saying.