They drew attention to the S-400s before the critical meeting: We must focus on restoring trust


AAWednesday, June 09, 2021 00:21 – Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2021 00:21

The bilateral meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Joe Biden, to be held within the scope of the NATO Summit in Brussels on June 14, was discussed in a panel organized by the Washington Office of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Studies (SETA DC).

The panel titled “US-Turkey Relations: Before the Biden-Erdogan Meeting at NATO Summit” moderated by SETA DC Research Director Kılıç Buğra Kanat, was attended by Douglas and Sarah Allison Foreign Policy Center Director Luke Coffey and SETA Foreign Policy Research Director Prof. Dr. Muhittin Ataman attended as a speaker.

In his speech, Coffey underlined that the NATO Summit on 14 June is important in many respects and noted that for the first time, Afghanistan will not be the main topic at this summit.

Drawing attention to the importance of the Erdogan and Biden meeting, Coffey said, “For the summit between Erdogan and Biden to be successful, both sides need to soften their rhetoric. We should try to categorize long-standing issues such as the YPG and S-400. I think we should focus on re-establishing trust.” used the phrase.

– “As a US citizen and taxpayer, I want to know what we are doing in Syria”

Criticizing the US policy on Syria, Coffey said, “As a US citizen and taxpayer, I want to know what we are doing in Syria. For some reason, US politicians find it right to give little information to the US people about what we are doing in Syria. A few years ago, DAESH They said we were there to fight against it. However, in recent years, there has been very vague information.” shared his opinion.

Coffey also referred to the support of politicians in Washington for the YPG/PKK, saying, “US politicians cannot distinguish between different Kurdish groups. That’s why we are in turmoil right now. Congress is responsible for educating themselves and getting information about different groups.” said.

– “We must focus on confidence building measures”

Underlining that the summit in question will create an opportunity for the improvement of US-Turkey relations, Ataman said, “This meeting will open space for Biden and Erdogan to draw a roadmap to save bilateral relations from the turbulence they have entered in the last 10 years.” made its assessment.

Stating that one of the most important topics between Turkey and the USA is the S-400s, Ataman said, “The S-400 for Turkey is a result of the increasing tension between the two sides. Therefore, we should focus on confidence-building measures. Is this meeting technical or political? We don’t know yet if he will focus on it.” used his statements.


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