As the US approaching election in November, some may question what would be the implication of the result to the already strained relations between the US and Turkey due to policy differences. Turkey’s acquisition of the S — 400 air defence system from Russia remains a concern for the US and one of the factors contributed to the strained relations.
Trump administration had announced in July 2019 that Turkey was being removed from the F — 35 Joint Strike Fighter participation, as a response to the S- 400 delivery. Although recently, the indefinite delay of activation of S-400 missile system may be seen as a sign of Ankara’s return to Washington. Also, there is a tension between the two in Syria mainly focused on Kurdish-led militias that have partnered with the US against the Islamic State over Ankara’s strong objections because of these groups’ ties with terrorism. U.S. charges against a Turkish state bank has also been one of the lists of factors contributing to the strained relations.