Joe Biden’s victory frightens the Ankara Government.
Sunday, 08 November, 2020. Biden’s election victory will shock Ankara, which is trying to improve relations between the United States and Turkey, which have soared since 2016 when a failed coup in Turkey. Turkey foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: “No matter which candidate takes over the United States, we will pursue an honest approach to improve relations with the United States.”
The United States has opposed Turkey’s military plans in Libya and the ongoing war in Nogorno Karabakh, in which Turkey is directly involved. Turkey has also reduced its provocations against Greece, which have declined in the past 24 hours. Ankara is weighing the risks of such measures to question Biden’s move. Biden’s change of US presidency has sparked fears in Turkey that it could restart of US-proposed sanctions against Turkey over its S-400 missile defense system. These sanctions were formally blocked by Trump.
The Greek Prime Minister thanked Joe Biden for his support for Hagia Sophia. At the same time, Ankara’s role in the Eastern Mediterranean region is expected to be reduced and further steps taken. According to political analysts, the US Congress is now free to take action against Ankara. “Ankara hopes to enter into a difficult negotiation to discuss with the S-400 and Turkey’s relations with Russia. But the expectation is that things will get worse. “Ankara is worried that the angry US Congress will get a” free hand “to impose sanctions on Turkey,” said Turkish journalist Aslı Aydıntaşbaş.
Turkey officials said it will continue to work with the United States, regardless of who wins the presidential election.
The results of this week’s US election were strange and Joe Biden won the election, but the Turkish government has said the results will not affect its allies, despite President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s close ties to Donald Trump. Trump was tough. The US State Department has advised the National Security Council to call for immediate sanctions on Turkish individuals and institutions, especially to impose arms embargo, mainly on Erdogan’s long-range missiles purchased from Russia. But it has now emerged that US-Ankara relations will take on a new dimension with Biden’s actions unpredictable.