Erdogan bashes Biden viciously, Turkey wows new arms purchases from Russia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday criticized U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval of weapons sales to Israel, saying the United States was “writing history with bloody hands” in reference to violence between Israel and Palestinians.


“You are writing history with your bloody hands,” Erdogan said in nationally televised remarks addressed at Biden. “You forced us to say this. We can not step back,” the Turkish president added.



“We have seen Biden’s signature on a serious weapons sale to Israel,” Erdogan said, referring to reports of a recent military sale by the U.S. to its closes ally in the Middle East.


“Mr. Biden, you have sided with the Armenians on the so-called Armenian Genocide. Now you are, unfortunately, writing history with blood on your hands in this incident that led to a seriously out-of-proportion attack in Gaza,” Erdogan said.


The Turkish leader also slammed the Austrian state for supporting Israel, arguing that Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s government is trying to atone for the Holocaust by “making Muslims pay a price” for it, reported Bloomberg.


Washington says the S 400 missiles advanced radar poses a threat to NATO defense systems and calls for its removal.


But Ankara has said it is considering purchasing more batches of the Russian missiles. One source close to the government says Turkey has already struck a deal with Moscow, according Dorian Jones of VoA.



Analysts predict Ankara will not make any new Russian weapon purchases until a planned meeting between the Turkish and American presidents on the sidelines of next month’s NATO Summit.


Ilham Uzgel, an international relations analyst who writes for the Duvar News portal says say the Russian missile purchase is holding US Turkish relations hostage.


It’s standing there as a stumbling block, and I doubt they cannot do anything else,” said Uzgel. “It’s kind of a precondition that the US imposes on Turkey, and I haven’t seen any other period that Turkey has cornered itself to that extent.



While President Erdogan is genuine in his fury about the Israeli violence against Palestinians, he had strangely refrained from taking any action to end trade or even tourism between the two hostile nations.


It is even stranger that while  he cares so much about the Palestinians, the wholesale ethnic cleansing of Turkish Uighurs in Xicheng Province of China matters little to him.


His vicious attacks on Joe Biden are probably yet another attempt to re-attract the conservative-Islamist vote, which is abandoning the party in droves, as  Erdogan’s economic miracles fades away.


The attack may also reflect Erdogan’s frustration with the lack of any communication with the White House, which continues to ignore him  until he relents on S-400s.



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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.