No matter who wins the U.S. elections next week, if Ankara is truly determined on activation of Russian made S-400 missile defense systems, then in the first half of 2021, it is inevitable that Turkish-American relations will be hit by a severe S-400 turbulence – in all dimensions.
It might already be too late to expect that a heartfelt conversation that would open the door to more constructive relationships, particularly after Macron’s announcement that NATO is brain dead. If Trump wins a second term, this will only accelerate the process. And NATO allies like Turkey will not see much reason to curb their ambitions.
If Trump loses the 2020 presidential election to Biden, he will not be the only loser, as leaders of Turkey, North Korea and Israel will be confronted with immediate challenges, said a columnist in Bloomberg. Marc Champion wrote on Oct. 20 it is thanks to the bond between Trump and Erdoğan that Ankara has so far managed to avoid sanctions over its purchase of S-400 defense missile system.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has wished a speedy recovery to U.S. counterpart Donald Trump who tested positive for COVID-19, potentially upending his election campaign for the Nov. 3 presidential poll.
The New York Times reported on Sept. 28 that Trump Towers Istanbul has netted U.S. President Donald Trump $1 million in 2016 and 2017. Trump has long had business ties in and with Turkey, the most visible example being the Trump Towers Istanbul, which licenses the Trump name.
From Turkish journalists working for foreign media to women who suggest that motherhood is not the highest honour bestowed upon them, there are many types of public enemies in Turkey. Here is a crash course on just who those shady characters are.
We had our own Biden in Turkey. And believe me when I say all the countries that had a Trump were as brilliant as the American Democrats in coming up with or inventing a Biden of their own. Replacing Bernies with Bidens has never worked in the long run.
The massive outpouring of support for U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris by American celebrities brings to mind the difficult position of Turkish artists who dare wade into politics. One cannot forget the harsh reaction from the ruling AKP to Turkish celebrities who expressed support to Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu last year.
National causes and many of the “existential threats” against Turkey have to do with foreign policy. Public opinion is sharp on “what is wanted from us and what is spared from us” though it cannot exactly pinpoint what it wants itself.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that "history will not forgive the UAE" for striking a stabilization deal with Israel. "History and the conscience of the region's peoples will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behaviour of the UAE, betraying the Palestinian cause for the sake of its narrow interests," Ankara said in a written statement.
Turkey’s state-run Halkbank, facing trial in the U.S. over charges of breaking sanctions on Iran, said on Aug. 10 that it was immune from prosecution and that U.S. laws did not cover its alleged misconduct. In a Manhattan court filing, Halkbank said its status as an "instrumentality" of Turkey shielded it from prosecution under principles of sovereign immunity.
A lawyer for Turkey's state-owned Halkbank has said that the bank will ask the U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case accusing it of helping Iran evade American sanctions to recuse himself. Earlier in June, former US national security adviser John Bolton had said in his new memoir that Trump agreed to intervene in the Halkbank investigation at Erdoğan's request.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump have "instructed" foreign and defense ministries and intelligence to work together on Libya. "That we take a common action here is important for the region's stability and Libya's future,” Çavuşoğlu said.
The US Senate passed a bill on May 14 to direct President Donald Trump to sanction China over its treatment of Uighur Turks in its northwestern region of Xinjiang. The bill is on its way to the House of Representatives, which Republican Senator Marco Rubio said could pass it "as soon as tomorrow."
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a statement on the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire a century ago. “Today, we join the global community in memorializing the lives lost during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century," Trump said in a statement on April 24, refraining from using the word "genocide."