Despite hopes of coming to some sort of agreement on the lasting S-400 issue, which had been poisoning relations between Washington and Ankara, no progress has been made there during the recent NATO summit.
Speaking at a meeting of his cabinet, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shared some details about his recent talks with US President Joe Biden and their attempts to forge a fresh start in relations between Ankara and Washington. Erdogan said that he and Biden had discussed future bilateral cooperation and had come to an agreement that there is no issue that the two countries couldn’t resolve eventually.
The president added that Ankara should present a simple list of demands for the US: to respect the country’s sovereignty in politics and economy and to support Turkey’s fight against terrorist organisations. The latter might create obstacles for a “fresh start” in bilateral ties because Ankara sees Kurdish militants in Syria as terrorists, and the US actively works with and supports them.
Erdogan went on to stress the importance of good relations with Turkey, noting that the NATO alliance will have a hard time surviving if Ankara drops out of the bloc.
Ties between Ankara and Washington have been deteriorating since Turkey signed a contract to buy S-400 air defence systems from Russia in December 2017. The US has repeatedly demanded that Turkey ditch the deal, claiming that the…