The new US Secretary of State was tough on Turkey. In his first official position on the Biden administration’s intentions in relations with Ankara, he described the option of “our so-called strategic partner” to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system and agree with one of them as unacceptable. One of our biggest strategic opponents, Russia, “notes the Greek publication Cathimerini.
It would be premature to rush to draw final conclusions or exaggerate because the equation of US-Turkish relations is still complex and the Biden administration will certainly work to “keep Turkey in the West.”
But the clear critical position of the new president of US diplomacy, which was not accidental, but a detailed product of officials specialized in the new administration, is closely related to Washington’s intentions and sends strong messages to Ankara, which Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not have the luxury anymore. To ignore them.
The new US Secretary of State was tough on Turkey
“I think we need to know the impact of the current sanctions under the counterterrorism law on Turkey and consider whether there is more work to be done,” Blinken said, leaving the door open for action if he considers the current sanctions not the desired results.
Powerful Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, who will take over as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which expects a very tough stance in Congress on Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has asked Blinkin to provide some benchmarks for the policy he intends to pursue. Continued relations with Turkey.
In response to a question from Senator Menendez whether the Biden administration has developed a clear stance on Erdogan’s Turkey, the new foreign minister insisted: “Ultimately, Turkey is an ally country that is placed in many cases in a way that does not suit it. To an ally. This is a big challenge for us and we are clear. in that “.
Turkey, in line with North Korea and Russia
Menendez put Turkey on the side of North Korea and Russia, stressing that they are two countries that need direct attention. He highlighted Ankara’s destabilizing role “by supporting Azerbaijan’s aggression in Nagorno Karabakh and its aggressive behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean against our democratic allies Greece and Cyprus.”
From this perspective, he expressed his hope that the Biden administration would maintain a firm stance towards the destabilizing behavior of Turkey in Syria, as well as toward the invasion of the territorial waters of Cyprus, as well as towards challenging and demanding Greece’s exclusive economic zone. To Libya