Erdogan slams Biden over ‘killer’ Putin comment

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Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday waded into the war of words between the US and Russian presidents, chastising Joe Biden for calling Vladimir Putin a “killer.”

“Mr Biden’s comment about Putin does not suit a head of state,” the Turkish president told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul, lauding Putin for giving a “smart” and “classy response”.

In an interview with ABC News, Biden was asked if he thought Putin was “a killer”.

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“I do,” Biden replied, immediately sparking the biggest crisis between Russia and the United States in years.

Putin on Thursday mocked the US leader, saying a Russian phrase that translates roughly as “it takes one to know one”, and wishing Biden, 78, good health.

“I’m saying this without irony, not as a joke,” Putin, 68, said.

Erdogan’s comments reflect a new spell of tensions that have entered Turkey’s relations with Washington since Biden replaced Donald Trump in the White House in January.



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Erdogan is still waiting for a phone call from Biden, whose administration has highlighted Turkey’s deteriorating record on human rights.

Turkish-US relations are also hampered by Ankara’s purchase of advanced S-400 air defence systems from Moscow, which Washington says threaten NATO defences.

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Biden is also remembered in Ankara for calling Erdogan an “autocrat” in an interview in late 2019.



Despite their differences on Syria, Erdogan has called Putin a “friend and a strategic partner.”

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AFP

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