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International relations

Turkey scores with NATO brinkmanship, flexing geopolitical veto

Erdogan signals to Biden he's a dealmaker, but leaves bitter aftertaste among allies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, objected to Sweden and Finland's accession to NATO, causing headaches for U.S. President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (Source photos by Reuters) 

TOKYO/ISTANBUL -- When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat down with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday, he opened his remarks by noting it had been a while since they had met.

"Mr. President, it gives me great pleasure to be able to get together with you after a long interval." 

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