is calling on the Unites States to take concrete steps to address its concerns about American support for a Kurdish militia in or face a breakdown in relations.

The stepped up pressure comes ahead of U.S. Secretary of State ’s visit to next week.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu issued the ultimatum as he spoke on the sidelines of a Turkish-African meeting Monday in . He said ’s ties with the United States are at what he called a very critical point and the countries will either fix them or they will break completely.

He said does not want promises. It wants concrete steps in order for trust to be restored. He blamed the United States for that missing trust.

The two allies have been at odds over ’s support of the n Kurdish militia, the YPG, in its against Islamic State militants. Ankara considers the YPG terrorists linked to a longtime Kurdish insurgency in .

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Turkish artillery fires toward Syrian Kurdish positions in Afrin area, Syria, from Turkish side of the border in Hatay, Turkey, Feb. 9, 2018.

Turkish artillery fires tod n Kurdish positions in area, , from Turkish side of the border in Hatay, , Feb. 9, 2018.

Last month, Turkish forces entered the Kurdish militia-controlled n enclave despite repeated calls by for Ankara not to intervene. But has threatened to expand its operation to the n town of where U.S. forces are deployed with the YPG.

has criticized Ankara, claiming its ongoing n operation is undermining the against the Islamic State. But Cavusoglu also questioned the U.S commitment to fight the Islamic State, claiming it is not attacking Islamic State members in as an excuse to continue working with the YPG terrorist group.

U.S. officials had no immediate response to the top Turkish diplomat’s allegation.

Sunday, U.S. National Security Advisor M. H. McMaster met in with Turkish ial foreign affairs advisor Ibrahim Kalin. Following the meeting, a joint statement was issued in which both sides committed themselves to a long-term strategic relationship.

But analysts point out there was no mention of addressing ongoing differences between the countries.

Secretary of State is expected to have a list of U.S. concerns for his Turkish counterpart when he visits later this week as part of a tour of the wider region.

Originally published in https://www.voanews.com/a/turkey-issues-ultimatum-washington-ahead-tillersons-visit/4250260.html