BRUSSELS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Monday he held a “fruitful and honest” assembly along with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.
“We consider there isn’t any drawback that can not be resolved in Turkey-US relations,” Erdogan added after holding his first assembly with Biden since his election.
Relations between the 2 NATO allies nosedived after Turkey´s buy of a Russian S-400 missile defence system that the US believes can be utilized to spy on Western defences.
Erdogan introduced no progress on the S-400 dispute. Washington imposed sanctions on Turkey´s navy procurement company for the acquisition final yr.
It additionally expelled Turkey from the F-35 programme below which Western allies produce the next-generation fighter jet´s components and safe its early buying rights.
“On the difficulty of S-400s, I instructed (Biden) the identical factor I had previously,” Erdogan mentioned.
“I raised the difficulty of F-35s,” Erdogan mentioned in a sign that he needed Turkey admitted again into the programme.
“I instructed him what joint steps we will tackle the defence business.”
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Biden has additionally made a degree of highlighting Turkey´s deteriorating file on human rights — a problem that was largely ignored by his predecessor Donald Trump.
He took three full months after his swearing-in ceremony earlier than putting his first name to Erdogan.
That was to tell him that Washington was recognising the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire throughout World Struggle I.
Erdogan raised the chance forward of the assembly that the 2 sides may cooperate on Turkey´s potential position securing the worldwide airport in Kabul after the US completes its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Turkish officers had mentioned they might need monetary help in trade for a navy presence in Kabul.
Erdogan introduced no agency deal on the airport however mentioned Turkish forces would possibly work collectively in Afghanistan with these of Pakistan and NATO member Hungary.
“If Turkey just isn’t requested to depart Afghanistan, the US assist on the diplomatic, logistical and monetary entrance is essential,” he mentioned.
Erdogan additionally held separate conferences with French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis — two leaders with whom he has sparred repeatedly previously yr.
Turkey and Greece have been feuding over migrants and Ankara´s push into disputed jap Mediterranean waters close to the divided island of Cyprus looking for pure fuel reserves.
Erdogan mentioned he instructed Mitsotakis that the 2 neighbours ought to resolve their disputes straight and with out the involvement of “third events”.
Greece has been backed in its claims by France and the European Union. Turkey´s candidacy to hitch the bloc has been successfully frozen for a lot of the previous decade.
“If there´s a problematic state of affairs, you possibly can simply name me from the direct line, and I can do the identical,” Erdogan mentioned in feedback addressed to the Greek premier.