Turkey: Erdogan Hopes to Meet with US President Joe Biden

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THE President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stated that she hopes to meet with him President of the USA., Joe Biden, next week at Glasgow. Relations between the two countries and the two heads of state remain strained, in particular because of Ankara’s purchase of a Russian weapons system despite belonging to the Atlantic Alliance.

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“It looks like we will meet in Glasgow rather than Rome,” he said Erdogan in the Turkish press, while returning by air from Azerbaijan. Note that he took back the threat to expel ten Western ambassadors, including USA.

The head of the Turkish state is preparing to participate in two important international meetings at the end of the week, the Summit of the 20 most industrialized countries in the world (G20) which starts on Saturday (30/10) at Rome and then in United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP26) from Sunday (31/10) at Glasgow of Scotland.

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“The program in Rome and Glasgow seems to have changed,” he said Turkish President, who planned to have a bilateral meeting with him Joe Biden on the sidelines G20. The two leaders met in person in June, on the sidelines of its annual meeting. NATO. On the contrary, o Biden did not welcome him Erdogan, as the latter hoped, in September, when he took part in UN General Assembly in New York.

THE Turkish President canceled in extremis on Monday (25/10) the expulsion of ten western ambassadors it had ordered – of USA, του Canada, της France, της Germany, της Φινλανδίας, της Denmark, της Ολλανδίας, της Of Norway, της Sweden and her New Zealand.

Ten diplomats intervene publicly on October 18 in favor of mycenae and businessman Osman Kavala, who has been imprisoned for four years without being convicted, calling for a “fair and speedy settlement” of the case. It was an “indecent” initiative, a “huge insult”, according to the head of the Turkish state.

THE Erdogan took back the decision after an announcement by the American embassy, ​​which was reproduced practically unchanged by the other protagonists, in which it assured that it complies with its terms. Vienna Convention, which govern diplomatic relations and prohibit interventions in the interior of other countries. “The first announcement was made by the United States. This case is over “, he confirmed yesterday Wednesday (27/10).

“Distraction movement”

For many observers, however, according to ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, it was mainly an attempt at “distraction”, as the Turkey remains gripped by a severe economic crisis, with inflation reaching 20% ​​and the Turkish currency having lost another 25% of its value against the US dollar since the beginning of the year.

Its conflict Anchor with the Washington on the issue of the Russian anti-aircraft system S-400 and the consequent cancellation of the contract for the purchase of American fighters F-35 from Turkey ($ 1.4 billion) remains unresolved.

THE Erdogan hope that instead of F-35 the USA will sell to Turkey fighters F-16 and modernization packages already in its fleet Air Force of. However, American parliamentarians react.

His representative Pentagon, the lieutenant colonel Anton Semmeloth, said the US delegation Ministry of Defense went to Anchor these days to “settle the dispute” between the two states over F-35.

Emphasizing that its exclusion Anchor of the state-of-the-art stealth fighter program “finalized on September 23”, the spokesman assured that the talks were “productive” and that the delegations would meet again in Washington the next months.

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