Tayyip Erdogan
Tayyip Erdogan

Garvey Strategies is providing government relations services to Turkey's Washington embassy under a one-year agreement worth $180K.

The firm is educating Congress and the Biden administration about issues of importance to Turkey.

It also pushes for US action that results in a positive image for Turkey, Turks and the bilateral America-Turkey relationship.

Garvey is working as a subcontractor to Lydia Borland's LB International Solutions. She's a former consultant at former House Speaker-designate Bob Livingstone's shop.

Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan has been serving as a mediator to end the war in Ukraine.

Turkey, a NATO member that has been providing drones to Ukrainian forces, objects to its second-class citizenship in the military alliance.

Canada, for instance, has blocked arms sales to Turkey.

NATO countries objected to Turkey's decision to buy its S-400 air defense system from Russia and booted it from the F-35 fighter jet consortium.

Turkey has rebuffed calls to transfer the S-400 system to Ukraine and replace it with US Patriot batteries.

Turkey "takes pride in its NATO membership and expects to be treated by the West as it deserves," wrote Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan's director of communications, in a March 23 letter to the Wall Street Journal.

He claims the US refused to sell the S-400 to Turkey, forcing it to purchase the Russian system.

Turkey won't consider the Ukrainian transfer unless the West delivers the F-35s and Patriot batteries without preconditions, according to Altun.