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Biden-Erdogan Summit: First Test of How the New President Handles Autocrats

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
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U.S. President Joe Biden has made it quite clear that Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn’t exactly his favorite world leader.

His first telephone call with the Turkish president occurred three months after Biden took office and mainly addressed the American’s plan to declare the slaughter of Armenians a century ago genocide, which Biden indeed declared a few days later. Erdogan gritted his teeth, condemned the declaration as expected and warned that it would “impose an additional burden on relations between the two countries.”

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