Turkey: Erdogan warns Mitsotakis ‘don’t challenge me’
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called out Joe Biden’s comments as “not fitting of a president.” During a TV interview on March 17, Mr Biden, 78, agreed with a statement suggesting the Russian president is a “killer”.
Mr Biden’s comment came after US intelligence agencies claimed Russia influenced the 2020 election.
“Mr Biden’s comment about Putin does not suit a head of state,” Mr Erdogan said on Friday.
He also added that the comments are “unacceptable”.
Mr Erdogan has not yet formally sat down with the US president since he took office in January.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemns POTUS comment – ‘unacceptable’ (Image: Getty Images)
The Turkish President said Biden’s comments were ‘not fitting of a president’ (Image: Getty Images)
In response to Mr Biden’s ‘killer’ accusations, Putin, 68, quipped: “It takes one to know one.”
He said: “You know I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the playground we used to say, ‘It takes one to know one’.
“And that’s not a coincidence, not just a children’s saying or joke. It has deep psychological meaning.
“We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are.
Joe Biden met Putin back in 2011 (Image: Getty Images)
“And as a result we evaluate [a person’s] actions and give assessments.”
Mr Erdogan applauded the Russian president’s response, hailing it as a “smart” and “classy response.”
Despite tensions over the Syrian war, Mr Erdogan has hailed Putin as a “friend and strategic partner.”
Since the spat between the Russian and US presidents, Putin has extended an olive branch to Mr Biden in the form of a phone call so discuss ongoing regional conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic.
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Erdogan called Putin’s response – ‘smart’ and ‘classy’ (Image: Getty Images)
Erdogan also called Putin a ‘friend and strategic partner’ (Image: Getty Images)
The offer to speak on the phone was intended as a way to prevent diplomatic ties from falling apart, according to reports from the Kremlin.