US President Biden and Erdogan will meet for their first bilateral meeting on Monday. The Turkish head of state has already announced that there will be a great need to speak.
Before a first meeting with US President Joe Biden, the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees “many open issues”. Erdogan named the conflict between the two countries over the F-35 fighter jet as one of the most important questions on Sunday. The US had “not kept to the treaty” even though Turkey had fulfilled its obligations. The two presidents will meet for the first time on Monday at the NATO summit in Brussels.
Under Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, the United States had imposed sanctions on its ally because of Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system. They fear that Russia will get data on the stealth capabilities of the F-35 via the sensitive radar of the S-400 weapon system. That is why they had already excluded Turkey from the program. Ankara was a partner in the construction of the jet and wanted to buy numerous aircraft.
Erdogan and Biden are also cross on other issues. Biden had publicly called the Turkish president an autocrat during the election campaign and announced a tougher course. Erdogan attested Biden “bloody hands” with a view to the Middle East conflict. In the end he adopted a more conciliatory tone and called him his “friend”.