The US diplomatic mission in Turkey said Friday it has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and was suspending all visa services at its facilities in the country.
“The US Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the US Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey,” the Embassy said in a statement.
The Mission explained it was temporarily suspending all American citizen and visa services at its facilities in Turkey, including the US embassy in Ankara, consulate-general in Istanbul, the consulate in the southern province of Adana and the US consular agency in the western province of Izmir.
The Embassy also advised US citizens to exercise heightened caution in areas where Americans or foreigners may gather, including large office buildings or shopping malls.
“Individuals with scheduled appointments will be notified by email with instructions on how to reschedule their appointments,” it added.
Separately, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday his country tested its Russian-made S-400 missile defense system, ignoring objections from the US.
He said Turkey had every right to test its equipment. "They were tested, they're being tested," he announced, adding that Washington’s stance is absolutely not binding for Ankara.