Joe Biden's administration
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Ukraine this week reflects the Biden administration's concern about the danger of Russian aggression against its western neighbor. Though President Vladimir Putin has temporarily eased tensions by ordering Russian troops to pull back from the border, he remains determined to undermine the Ukrainian government's control over its own territory.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking in Istanbul in December 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN
Erdogan pledged to strengthen freedom of expression and assembly in the country, as well as the right to a fair trial, as part of the plan which he said will be implemented in two years.
"It is not a wish list. We will do everything to substantiate this plan," Erdogan said.
A bipartisan majority of the US Senate on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden's administration to push Turkey to do more to protect human rights.
Fifty-four of the 100 senators signed the letter, which accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of marginalizing domestic opposition, silencing critical media, jailing journalists and purging independent judges.