Turkey hopes to turn new page with U.S. and EU in 2021, Erdogan says
ANKARA (Reuters) President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey hopes to "turn a new page" in its relations with the United States and the European Union, and that Ankara is supported by both its NATO ally Washington and the bloc Had been subjected to double standards.
That month, Washington sanctioned Turkey for acquiring Russian S-400 missile defense systems, and the EU also prepared punitive measures against Turkey's dispute with members Greece and Cyprus over offshore rights in the Mediterranean. The bloc decided to postpone the measures until March.
Speaking to lawmakers in his ruling AK party, Erdogan said "artificial agendas" had tested Turkey's relations with the EU and the United States in 2020, but he hoped the situation would improve.
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"Turkey is faced with double standards both in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the S-400. We want to turn a new page with the EU and the United States in the new year," said Erdogan.
"We do not see our multilateral political, economic and military cooperation as an alternative to our deeply rooted relationship with the United States. And we want the EU to free itself from the strategic blindness that distances Turkey from it," he added.
The US sanctions come at a delicate time in the strained Ankara-Washington relationship when Democratic-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, replacing Republican Donald Trump.
Ankara has condemned the sanctions as a "grave mistake" and expects Biden to be more constructive in resolving problems between the allies, ranging from differences in Syrian policy to the S-400.
On Wednesday, Erdogan said Turkey would not "bow to the language of sanctions and extortion," but added that Biden would show the Turkish-American government the "necessary importance". Ties.
(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Jonathan Spicer)
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