ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that recent talks with U.S. President Joe Biden had proved disappointing, and that his country would seek closer ties with Russia.

Speaking after prayers in Istanbul, Erdogan said he and Biden had failed to bridge their differences at a meeting during his visit to New York for the UN General Assembly this week.

“In the discussions with Mr. Biden that I’d been anticipating, there wasn’t the desired outcome. … As two NATO countries, we need to be at a different point,” he told journalists.

Erdogan went on to criticize U.S. support for Kurdish militants in Syria who were instrumental in fighting the Islamic State group. Ankara considers them terrorists due to their links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a 37-year insurgency against Turkey. Turkey has a large and restive Kurdish ethnic minority. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and EU.

“America is not fighting terrorist organizations enough, it is giving them a lot of weapons and equipment,” he said.

Erdogan is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Sept. 29, where the leaders will concentrate on the situation in Syria.

Erdogan said he would seek to take relations with Moscow “much further” when he meets Putin. “We strive to further our bilateral relations with Russia,” he added.

Ties between the U.S. and Turkey have been frayed for several years. They deteriorated further two years ago when Ankara bought a Russian missile defense system. The purchase led to Turkey being kicked off the U.S.-led F-35 stealth fighter aircraft project and to U.S. sanctions against leading Turkish defense industry officials.

Before leaving New York on Thursday, Erdogan had raised the F-35 issue with journalists, warning the current course of U.S.-Turkey relations “does not bode well.”

2 comments
  1. What did the wannabe sultan think? That he can again send terroists all over the world and get away with it? this erDOGan will has day as most erDOGans do.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

New Book by Taner Akcam and Umit Kurt on Plunder of Armenian Properties

NEW YORK — Turkish historians Taner Akcam and Umit Kurt have released…

PACE Delegation Report: Armenian Authorities were Driven by Political Interests

YEREVAN — The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has…

Armenian Bar Association Partners with the City of Glendale to Combat Elder Abuse

GLENDALE, CA — In late 2017, the administration of a prominent Los…

In Independence Day Address Nikol Pashinyan Reaffirms Commitment to Peaceful and Democratic Future

YEREVAN — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in his congratulations on the…