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US President Donald Trump stated that the release of an American pastor by Turkish court is a big step in bilateral relations, RT reported.

The president said the aforementioned at his talk with Pastor Andrew Brunson. 

Trump once again thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish people.

In his words, even though relations between Washington and Ankara were tense in recent times, now they can be normalized.

Earlier, Trump had said that no deal was made with Turkey for the release of the pastor.

The Brunson affair had caused tension between the US and Turkey. Turkish authorities were accusing Pastor Andrew Brunson of espionage, and assisting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—which is banned in Turkey—and the plotters of the coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. He was facing up to 35 years in prison.

Washington, however, believed that Brunson was innocent, and his arrest and trial had political motives.

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