The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan quoted on Thursday that the relationship between Turkey and the United States on counterparts of Joe Biden had “not gotten off to a good start” since the latter’s arrival in the White House.
He wishes to have a friendly and peaceful relationship with the United States, not a hostile one. While giving a statement to the state news agency Anadolu Erdogan said on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York “But the way things are going between two Nato allies is currently not too auspicious.”
He shared his experience with the previous presidents of the USA George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump that he had a great relationship with them. Erdogan said, “But I cannot say things have gotten off to a good start with Biden”.
President Erdogan showed his unhappiness with the Washington before when the Joe Biden took office as Ankara was expelled from the the F-35 fighter project. Two years ago after Turkey agreed a multi-billion-dollar purchase of the S-400 Russian-made air defence system.
However that led US sanctions last year and to Turkey’s suspension from the F-35 programme. As 100 of the stealth fighter jets were allocated by the Ankara Turkey besides that they have made many supplies of it as well. President Erdogan quoted that “We bought the F-35, paid $1.4 billion and the F-35 were not delivered to us.”
It is said that the Unied States must understand the Turkish as they are the honest government in the world. Unfortunately they did not try to make positive gesture towards them. On this statement Erdogan said that Ankara would go “knocking on other doors” and that “Turkey purchases what it needs for its defence.”
Turning to Afghanistan and the instability which followed the recent US withdrawal and the Taliban takeover, Erdogan insisted that “it is the United States which must pay the price” in case there is an massive exodus of Afghan citizens. He added “Where are these refugees going to go now? It is unthinkable for Turkey to open its doors and accept them.”
Erdogan has frequently pointing out that Turkey already is home to some five million migrants and refugees — including around 3.7 million from Syria and some 420,000 Afghans.