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Biden talks with Erdogan about F-16s, raises human rights, concern over S-400

U.S. President Joe Biden met with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 in Rome. The leaders met amid tensions between the two countries over defense and human rights issues.

The two men discussed Turkey’s request to purchase F-16 fighter jets, which U.S. lawmakers have opposed on the grounds that Turkey purchased Russian missile defense systems. Biden told Erdogan his request for F-16 fighter jets had to go through a process in the United States and expressed a desire to handle disagreements between the two countries effectively.

“President Biden reaffirmed our defense partnership and Turkey’s importance as a NATO ally but noted U.S. concerns over Turkey’s possession of the Russian S-400 missile system,” the White House said in a statement after the meeting. “He also emphasized the importance of strong democratic institutions, respect for human rights, and the rule of law for peace and prosperity,” it said.

“The president took on board his desire to have them but made very clear that there is a process that we have to go through in the U.S. and committed to continuing to work through that process,” the senior administration official said.

Biden also raised the issue of human rights during their meeting, a U.S. senior administration official told reporters, reuters report.

A different U.S. administration official said on Saturday that Biden would warn his Turkish counterpart that any “precipitous” actions would not benefit U.S.-Turkish relations and that crises should be avoided after Erdogan threatened to throw out the U.S. ambassador to Turkey and other foreign envoys for seeking the release of jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala. Erdogan later withdrew his threat to expel the envoys.

After the meeting, Erdogan told reporters that Biden had a positive attitude on the modernization of F-16s.

To a reporter’s question whether they discussed the situation in the East Mediterranean, Erdogan said that they didn’t, although the White House Statement said they did.

PS No matter what Biden and Erdogan reallu discussed, Greek TV channels cheer that the US President did not met Erdogan’s requests and added that the Leaders at G20 turned him down.

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  1. He’s as crazy as Trump. Both lie, cheat, steal and are unhinged criminals who are breathtakingly challenged with huge and laughable egos. Neither are leadership material and yet both are dangerous when in power.

    No F16s for you. Only subs from girlfriend Merkel.

    • No Jack … he is not as crazy as Trump … no one is that crazy … nor lies, cheats and steals like Trump! Just a typical politician.

      • I disagree. Erdogan is an autocrat and not your “typical politician”. No can call him “typical” anymore than anyone can call Trump a “typical politician”.

        They are both uneducated losers who abuse their political power. They try to mislead the masses underhandedly in their attempts to circumvent democracy. Hardly what I’d call normal or typical.

        Both egotistical, Triump is minimally emotionally disturbed awhile Erdogan is aggressive and stoic with limited faculties. Both are certifiably crazy relative to their breathtakingly unbelievable actions.

        They like to live materially enriched when neither of these embezzling clowns deserve it. They are not normal or typical, they are cheats AKA scum /poor excuse for human beings / dangerous /challenged / bullies /etc..it is sooo endless.

    • At least Biden knows where Turkey is ,sandwiched between the bacon and the lettuce .