Ankara seeking new mechanism in positive agenda with U.S. - Erdoğan aide
Ankara is currently working on a "new mechanism’’ in establishing a common and positive agenda with the Washington, Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın said.
There is a “serious problems in the U.S.' perception of Turkey,” Kalin told Kriter Magazine, which does not align with the spirit of the two NATO alliance members.
Turkey-United States are at their lowest point in decades, according to analysts. Ties between the NATO allies deteriorated after Turkey acquired the Russian S-400 missile systems 2019, prompting Washington to exclude Turkey from the F-35 stealth fighter jet programme and sanctions against its defence industry.
The two countries also differ over Syria, where the United States backs Kurdish militants that Turkey considers terrorists, Libya and the eastern Mediterranean, where a number of countries are vying for hydrocarbon resources.
Kalın said the mechanism Ankara is working on for Washington relations, contained a strategic perspective and a constructive attitude, which could make problems between the countries “more manageable.’’
"For all these, more radical steps need to be taken so that our strategic perspectives overlap," Kalın said.
Kalın called on the U.S. administration and Congress to take a “reasonable and impartial stance’’ on the Eastern Mediterranean, noting that U.S. policies influenced by certain lobbies would be ineffective with Turkey.
“There is no chance of implementing a policy that does not take into account Turkey's national security threats," the aide of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.
Kalın also told Kriter Magazine in an interview published this week that Ankara would accelerate regional initiatives and normalization steps with a number of countries in 2022.
Turkey in recent months has taken steps to mend ties with a number of countries, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.