Time magazine on Nov. 24 wrote about which of the world leaders have the most to gain and lose with the changing of the administration in Washington.
The magazine listed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan -- along with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin -- as one of the “clear losers” with the defeat of US President Donald Trump in the presidential election and Joe Biden's upcoming move into the White House.
The magazine said that Turkey's recent moves in the Eastern Mediterranean, Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria and Libya were “all made possible by Trump’s broad indifference to anything outside his immediate orbit, and Erdoğan’s personally warm relationship with Trump.”
“That’s about to change with a President Biden who will take a more active interest in E.U. and global affairs, which makes life a whole lot more challenging for Erdogan both at home and abroad,” Time wrote.
Erdoğan congratulated Biden on his victory in the U.S. presidential election, days after outlets declared him victorious.
Relations between Ankara and Biden soured in August when the latter said that a new approach is needed against “autocrat” Erdoğan and voiced support for the opposition.
Biden’s comments to New York Times editors resurfaced in a video that made him the most popular topic on Twitter in Turkey on Aug. 15.
Biden says in the video recorded on Dec. 16 2019 – before he emerged as the Democratic candidate – that he is “very concerned” about Erdoğan’s approach to Kurds in Turkey, his partial military cooperation with Russia, and access to U.S. airfields in the country, a NATO ally.
“What I think we should be doing is taking a very different approach to him now, making it clear that we support opposition leadership,” Biden said in the video.
His remarks drew ire at the time, with ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials lining up to condemn Biden.