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Edogan says relations with Biden off to poor start, future ‘does not bode well’

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday he felt that relations with his US counterpart Joe Biden had “not gotten off to a good start” since the latter’s arrival in the White House.

“It is my hope that, as two NATO countries, we should treat each other with friendship, not hostility,” he said of the US-Turkey relationship, speaking on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York in a wide-ranging briefing to Turkish journalists.

“But the current trajectory does not bode well,” he said.

He said he had “worked well” with previous US presidents, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump but “I cannot say things have gotten off to a good start with Mr. Biden.”

The Turkish leader said he had been unhappy with Washington before Biden took office, notably regarding Ankara’s removal from the F-35 fighter project two years ago after Turkey agreed a multi-billion-dollar purchase of the S-400 Russian-made air defense system.

That deal led to US sanctions last year and to Turkey’s suspension........

© The Times of Israel

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