Erdogan’s crisis with Washington is escalating, and the summit with Biden is uncertain

The past few days have witnessed frantic American efforts to achieve consensus with the Turkish government. The escalating crisis for months between the two sides continues, and the Americans are concerned about the actions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

La F – 35

The worst thing that happened in US-Turkish relations during the past weeks is Turkey’s final exit from the F-35 program, and this means that the Americans will not hand over any planes of this type to the Turkish government. Most importantly, the US government has permanently separated Turkey from the military manufacturing program for these aircraft, which is a very important part of the relations between US industries and the Turkish government. This chapter expresses the depth of the gap that these relations have reached, and the failure of the two parties to reach a solution since the crisis of Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 system erupted.

A spokesman for the US Department of Defense told Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath: “Our position has not changed. The S-400 system is not compatible with the F-35, and Turkey’s participation in the program has been suspended,” and reiterated the United States’ request that Turkey not keep the Russian organization.

staff endeavors

Over the past days, the two sides have tried to repair the damage, or at least find alternatives, and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with Ibrahim Kalin, adviser to the Turkish president, and the statement issued by the US National Security Council said that the talks dealt with “several regional issues, including Afghanistan, the Middle East, South Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean, as well as defense relations.



This long list of issues on the agenda of talks between the two parties indicates the large number of outstanding issues between Washington and Ankara, and most of the “problems” may be what Ankara causes to its neighbors and to the Americans at the same time.

Conflict management

Worse, things do not appear to be improving, but rather worsening. US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne stated that Sullivan and Kalin agreed on “the need for continued dialogue to manage differences and maintain constructive bilateral relations.”

It is not usual for US official statements to refer to “dispute management” between two allies, and it is not usual for the US president to refrain from speaking or meeting with his Turkish counterpart since he entered the White House.

Therefore, all eyes are on Glasgow, where the two men may meet, and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has indicated the possibility of a meeting between the two men in Glasgow, but the matter is not yet certain.

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden

Possible solutions

The Americans, especially the American soldiers, are trying to find ways out with the Turkish Ministry of Defense. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke to his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, and a Pentagon spokesman said they discussed “the long-term defense relationship.”

The Pentagon is still sticking to a multi-track approach with Turkey, and according to Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath sources, US Defense Department officials adhere to the principle of separating US-Turkish military relations from the actions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or at least trying to separate them as much as possible.

In his statement to Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath, Lt. Col. Anton Semmelroth said, “We highly value the bilateral relations and the long-term partnership with NATO member Turkey,” adding, “The Ministry of Defense is still in consultations with Turkey on resolving the dispute over the F-35.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters)

The Americans and Turks are now working on a technical solution to the complications of “separating Turkey” from the F-35 program, and at the same time do not consider that Turkey’s purchase of F-16 planes will be easy in light of the great opposition to the Turkish president’s policies among members of the US Congress.

Turkish escalation

What the Americans fear most now is a Turkish escalation in northeastern Syria. The United States has managed to contain many of the problems raised by Erdogan over the past years, but Turkey’s return to the threat of invading the region, eliminating Kurdish forces or extending an additional 30 kilometers into northern Syria, will mean that American soldiers will find themselves again in the face of soldiers They belong to NATO, just as they did in the fall of 2019.

The second risk, no less complicated than the invasion of northeast, is Turkey’s saying that it is taking into account the purchase of Russian combat planes instead of dozens of American combat planes

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