US President Joe Biden has described Tukey as “a source of substantial irritation” to his administration, The New York Times reported. Ankara’s position on the Ukraine crisis is part of a wider range of issues, the newspaper quoted a source as saying, referring to Biden’s comments. The US commander-in-chief’s remarks come after Ankara became the guarantor of a UN-brokered deal on establishing safe passage for blocked Ukrainian grain, a move Biden hailed.
Erdogan a “headache”
Ties between the United States and Ankara have deteriorated, according to the newspaper, which describes Biden as calling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “a headache” and “a source of substantial irritation” for Washington. U.S. House Representative Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) said, “Turkey has played both sides of the fence in Ukraine. They have not been the reliable ally on which we should be able to count.
“I think the Biden administration needs to take a tougher stance,” Pappas said.
Washington’s comments relate to Turkish President Erdogan’s recent visit to Tehran to hold a dialogue in Astana with his Iranian and Russian counterparts Ebrahim Raisi and Vladimir Putin. The images of “two main American rivals with Mr. Erdogan, the leader of a NATO country, clashed with the Western narrative of a deeply isolated Iran and Russia”, insisted the newspaper. Erdogan would “deeply embarrass the alliance and the Biden administration as they work to counter Russia,” he continued, initiating the decline that the Biden administration is now reckoning with.
US President Joe Biden ironically thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for overcoming objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO. “I especially want to thank you for what you’ve done, setting up the situation with Finland and Sweden, and all the amazing work you’re going to try to get the grain out of Ukraine,” Biden said. to Erdoğan during the NATO summit. to Madrid. “You are doing a great job,” Biden added.
A senior US administration official had claimed earlier that even when Ankara lifted the objection paving the way for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, Washington offered no concessions to the Turkey to encourage it to accept the agreement. The Biden administration has done little to get Turkey to drop its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. with Associated Press. Turkey has never asked anything from the United States, he added, but in the talks, the United States has played a crucial role in helping to bring the two sides closer together.