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US-Turkey Relations Remain Frosty as Sec of State Blinken Says Turkey is a "So-Called Ally"



  • Sec of State Nominee Blinken calls Turkey "so-called strategic partner" within NATO regarding its "unacceptable" purchases of S-400s.
    • Says "they will see if more needs to be done" in terms of CAATSA sanctions.
    • Use of "so-called" is significant as it has rarely been used by the US, but is frequently used by Turkey to designate its critics - Ahval.
    • Adds to recent frosty relations from the US side towards Turkey, despite many pushes from Cavusoglu to improve ties.
  • Local Economist says Biden is likely to reverse the "hands off" approach to Turkey taken under Trump, which exacerbated East Med Tensions.
    • Expects a tougher stance on S-400s and renewed focus/dramatic policy shift on mediation in the East Med. Notes human rights, Rule of law, defence procurement/strategic alignment and regional conflicts as key issues to be addressed - Ahaval
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