Ankara plans to fix ties with the West subsequent 12 months, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Wednesday, as he complained about double requirements his nation faces in its relations with Washington and Brussels.
President Erdogan instructed lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Growth Celebration (AKP) on Wednesday that he’ll attempt to enhance ties with Western states regardless of “synthetic agendas” they could pursue now. “Turkey is dealing with double requirements each over the japanese Mediterranean and the S-400s. We need to flip a brand new web page with the EU and United States within the new 12 months,” Erdogan mentioned.
The president made it clear Turkey will deal with overseas coverage subsequent 12 months, saying that “Turkey has no luxurious of turning its again on both the West or the East.”
Admitting that Turkey had “a difficult 12 months by way of our ties with the US and Europe regardless of our efforts,” Erdogan expressed hope that US President-elect Joe Biden “may even pay due consideration to Turkish-American relations.”
The US imposed sanctions on Turkey on December 14 over Ankara’s buy of the Russian S-400 missile protection system after Washington claimed it will be incompatible with NATO weaponry.
Ankara sees the sanctions as a “grave mistake,” and Erdogan careworn on Wednesday that Turkey wouldn’t “bow all the way down to the language of sanctions and blackmail.”
On the similar time, the EU imposed sanctions on a number of Turkish officers and entities who had been allegedly concerned in gasoline drilling actions within the japanese Mediterranean amid Ankara’s disputes with Greece and Cyprus. Nevertheless, Brussels postponed commerce tariffs or an arms embargo till March.
Erdogan additionally mentioned in his speech on Wednesday that Ankara is not going to “ignore Africa and Asia,” and the Turkish parliament agreed on the identical day to increase for 18 months a legislation that permits the deployment of troops to Libya.
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