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.
Stressing the significance the US attaches to relations in all dimensions with Turkey, including trade and economy, US ambassador to Turkey Satterfield said Turkey is an important and valuable strategic partner of the US and a NATO ally.
Besides Turkey-US relations, the top officials from both countries discussed issues pertaining to the east Mediterranean, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Upper Karabakh, Syria, Libya and the Covid-19 pandemic during the nearly hour-long conversation.
Ankara earlier proposed a joint working group on sanctions that target Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) and experts from both countries have kickstarted negotiations, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has said Moscow plans to further military cooperation with Turkey. He was speaking at a press conference in Sochi with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who announced plans for $100B in mutual trade.
Turkey's president said his country has no prejudice, hostility or animosity toward anyone and looks forward to building on well-established relations with US.
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.
The Turkish lira held strong against US imposed sanctions on Turkey's defence industry, while the country's benchmark stock index reached a record high.
The United State’s threatened sanctions on Turkey and its previous exclusion from the F-35 program are rooted in undeclared motives, and the inability to admit that the Patriot missile system is not what it’s claimed to be.
Ankara has repeatedly said S-400 defence missiles will not affect NATO systems. Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan have all criticised "unfair" US sanctions on Turkey.
Turkish presidential spokesman said that US President-elect Biden "knows Turkey," including its political actors and landscape.
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