S-400s, F-35s & Armenian Genocide: Erdogan Urges Biden to Use Upcoming Meeting to Resolve Disputes

Relations between Turkey and the US have soured ever since Ankara decided to buy S-400s from Russia, disregarding Washington’s objections. Subsequently, however, other issues have emerged as obstacles to improving bilateral ties, such as Turkey’s expulsion from the F-35 programme and the US recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his American counterpart Joe Biden to use the opportunity on Monday to mend bilateral ties between the countries. The two presidents are to meet during the 14 June NATO summit and Erdogan hopes that Ankara and Washington will be able to leave their disagreements in the past by resolving these issues in talks with Biden.

The Turkish president specifically referred to the row regarding the S-400 air defence systems that Turkey bought from Russia in 2017 and the US decision to expel Ankara from the F-35 programme in retaliation for the purchase. The White House insisted that it was forced to end the sale of the fifth-generation jets to Turkey, citing the alleged incompatibility of the S-400s with NATO’s defence grid and the threat they purportedly pose to the jet’s secrets.

Erdogan also promised to raise the issue of Washington’s recent recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, which Ankara vehemently denies took place.

The two presidents have had the chance for a one-on-one conversation since Biden’s election, but it was only a brief call in April,…

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