The US ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, expressed his hope that the problem of the Russian “S-400” missile system in Turkey would be solved, announcing that President Joe Biden’s administration would formulate new political approaches to some issues related to Turkey.
During statements made by the ambassador on Friday to reporters at the embassy headquarters in Ankara, Satterfield said that in the event that the problem could not be resolved, his country would continue to focus on areas that are not directly affected by the sanctions imposed by Washington on Turkish officials.
“Unfortunately, the S-400 case forced the previous administration to enforce US laws and impose sanctions under the JASTA Act to combat US adversaries through sanctions,” Satterfield added, noting that the sanctions were imposed in a “very sensitive manner” so that they were not targeted at impact The Turkish defense industries as a whole, but special licenses have been set for the Presidency of Defense Industries, as he put it.
The ambassador explained that the “National Defense Authorization Law” stipulates that Turkey should not have the S-400 system so as not to be covered by the JASTA sanctions.
The ambassador expressed his country’s desire to continue cooperation with Turkey, but he denied forming a joint working group to solve the missile problem, and confirmed Washington’s unwillingness to form such a team.
On the other hand, the US ambassador welcomed the resumption of exploratory talks between Turkey and Greece and the holding of the 61st round in Istanbul last month.
“We hope that the next round of planned talks will take place in Athens soon,” he said.
“This is a very positive development, and the United States supports it to the utmost degree”.
Satterfield indicated that the Biden administration will formulate new political approaches to some international issues that concern Turkey, and that it strongly encourages the establishment of close ties between it and the European Union, believing that this matter serves all parties.
He also referred to the statements of Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu that the United States had a role in the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, expressing his concern about some Turkish officials holding his country responsible for some of the events.
The US ambassador to Turkey added, “These are baseless allegations and are not responsible statements issued by an ally and strategic partner, and we regret them”.
In another matter, Satterfield said that the US policy has not changed its position on the PKK militia and its ally, the People’s Protection Forces, in northern Syria.
The ambassador indicated that the Biden administration continues to work in northern Syria with the “Syria Democratic Forces,” whose backbone is the Kurdish People’s Protection Forces, to combat the threat of ISIS, he said.