U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had their first face-to-face meeting of 50-minutes in NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs on March 23 and 24. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that “I met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
in Brussels today. I look forward to continuing cooperation with our NATO Ally, Turkey, in the fight against terrorism. I’ve voiced our support for exploratory talks with Greece and emphasized the importance of democracy and human rights.”
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “We discussed all dimensions of our bilateral relations with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a constructive meeting. We had a comprehensive exchange of opinions on the matters of Afghanistan, Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, Iraq, Libya, and the fight against terrorism.”
Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that the procedures for the purchase of the S400s by Turkey had been finalized. There would be no way back on this, but it also emphasized that another bilateral discussion would be held with the US party to resolve the issue. On the other hand, in the statement made by the Office of the US Secretary of State, it was announced that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had had further discussions with Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, concerning Ankara not keeping the Russian S-400 defense system.
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu announced that his colleagues will work on a broader meeting to be held either in Ankara or Washington D.C by taking into account the conditions of the pandemic. Minister Çavuşoğlu said that the Turkish side pointed out that the United States’ joint statement was not implemented following the Peace Spring operation in Syria. The rising attacks of the YPG-PKK were reminded one more time to Blinken. Stating they had some subjects in common with the U.S.A, Minister Çavuşoğlu said they dealt with all the aspects of the political solution in Syria and what both sides could do on Iraq and Libya issues in cooperation with NATO.
President Spokesman İbrahim Kalın and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone yesterday, the meeting between President Erdogan and US President Joe Biden has not set yet.