White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby answered journalists’ questions at an online press conference.
When asked about the Turkish elections, Kirby emphasized that Turkey has a tradition of democracy and democratic institutions.
Kirby stated that they generally refrain from commenting on the elections or any candidate, “This is decided by the Turkish nation.” said.
Developments in Iran and the Persian Gulf
Noting that Iran has carried out 15 threats, attacks and seizures against commercial carriers navigating in international waters in the last two years, Kirby said, “The United States strongly condemns actions that threaten and interfere with commercial transportation in the Middle East.” used the phrase.
Kirby stated that the USA will not allow the freedom of navigation in the Middle East waters, including the Strait of Hormuz and Babül Mandep, to be jeopardized, and that they are determined to support their regional and international partners at this point.
Noting that in this context, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) will take a series of steps to strengthen its defense position in the Persian Gulf, Kirby said that the Central Command (CENTCOM) will provide detailed information on these “reinforcements” in the coming days.
Noting that they will also work on international maritime security in the region, Kirby said, “The United States is not seeking conflict or escalation with Iran. Together with our global allies and partners in the Middle East, Iran’s commitment is to ensure freedom of travel in the Strait of Hormuz and other important waterways. We are determined to respond to your aggression.” he said.
The situation in Bahmut
When asked about the news about the withdrawal of Russian soldiers in Bahmut, Kirby stated that his assessments are that Bahmut continues to be a contentious area.
“I would warn everyone not to believe anything the Russians, especially (Yevgeniy, founder of the Russian security company Wagner) Prigojin, have to say about what is going on in Ukraine,” Kirby said. said.
The allegation that South Africa sold arms to Russia
Asked by the US Ambassador to Pretoria about the allegation that the Republic of South Africa sold weapons and ammunition to Russia in December 2022, Kirby replied that they frequently and strongly warned other countries not to support Russia and gave a detailed comment on the subject. refused to do.
Kirby, stating that he will not provide information about the diplomatic talks on this issue, said, “This is a serious problem.” used the phrase.