Turkey's Presidential Advisor Ibrahim Kalin said S-400 related CAATSA sanctions, US backing of YPG/PKK and FETO terror organisations are the three fundamental issues that have strained Ankara-Washington relations.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says Ankara bought Russian missile systems to bolster country's security, arguing US sanctions over the deal were not befitting to ties of both NATO allies.
Turkey has a number of options but a lot will depend on how the Turkey-Biden relationship kicks off.
Turkish presidential spokesman said that US President-elect Biden "knows Turkey," including its political actors and landscape.
Talks being held at the bilateral level and not under NATO supervision, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin says.
"There could be more sanctions to follow, but frankly, what we’d really like is the S-400 not to become operational," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Bloomberg in an interview.
"There’s no timetable on the president making a decision with the consultation of the secretary, and I want to give the president and the secretary the space to do that," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
Professor Edward Erickson says Turkey’s S-400 acquisition is a ‘political problem’ rather than a military problem for the US but doesn’t think Turkey’s role in NATO will be affected by the F-35 issue.
If the US decides to rapture relations between the two allies, Turkey could follow its own path on regional politics.
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