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Under Biden, US-Turkey relations face delicate balancing act

Analysts expect the Joe Biden administration to take a harder stance than the Trump administration did on diverging US-Turkey policies, while noting Washington will also need to take pains to avoid alienating the key NATO ally.

ISTANBUL — Following the inauguration of US President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, foreign policy experts expect a recalibration in US-Turkey relations, which have been marked by a long list of grievances in recent years.

As a result of diverging views on Syria, Ankara’s 2019 purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems and other policy differences, the distance between the traditional NATO allies has grown and the Biden administration faces a delicate balancing act in addressing points of discord without further alienating Ankara.

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