ISTANBUL Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that america risked “dropping a treasured buddy” if it tries to nook his nation, talking two weeks earlier than his first assembly together with his American counterpart Joe Biden.
Already tense, relations between the 2 NATO states have deteriorated additional since Biden changed Erdogan’s ally Donald Trump in January, and the brand new president highlighted Turkey’s horrible human rights file. When requested about relations between Ankara and Washington, Erdogan stated in an interview with Turkish state broadcaster TRT on Tuesday that “those that nook the Republic of Turkey will lose a treasured buddy.”
Erdogan’s combative stance comes forward of the primary assembly between the 2 leaders on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels on June 14. Biden was in no rush to talk to the Turkish chief after taking workplace, ready three months earlier than calling Erdogan in April.
That decision was additionally on the eve of Biden’s historic determination to acknowledge the Armenian genocide of the Ottoman Empire throughout World Warfare I, a transfer that outraged Turkey, which rejects that time period. What’s the cause for our tensions (with america)? The so-called Armenian genocide,” Erdogan stated on Tuesday. Do not you have got different points to take care of as an alternative of advocating for Armenia?”
He additionally listed a number of points which have strained relations since 2016, together with US assist for Kurdish militias in Syria that Turkey considers “terrorists. If america is admittedly our ally, ought to they aspect with the terrorists or with us? Sadly, they proceed to assist the terrorists,” he stated.
Erdogan had beforehand indicated that he supposed to restore ties with Biden, and stated final week that their assembly will herald a “new period” in US-Turkish relations. On Tuesday Erdogan, who has dominated Turkey since 2003, stated he has all the time managed to work with the individual within the White Home “whether or not he’s a Republican or a Democrat.”