Turkey's Erdogan says S-400 systems will be delivered within 10 days

Clay Curtis
July 2, 2019

"The President [Donald Trump] expressed concern about Turkey's potential purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, and encouraged Turkey to work with the United States on defense cooperation in a way that strengthens the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance", the White House said.

Erdogan said later at a briefing that Trump clarified the subject of possible sanctions against Turkey.

Before leaving to Japan for a G20 summit, Erdogan warned Washington against imposing sanctions on a fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Under the sanctions, Turkey would be removed from the F-35 programme.

After Erdogan's comments, the Turkish lira strengthened 1.5% early on Monday to below 5.7 against the dollar.

"At this advanced level, Trump said: "This is injustice".

"The two leaders discussed fence manufacturing, explored trade opportunities, chose to hold the joint economic committee, and increase flights for more people-to-people exchanges", Kumar said. "Both leaders talked about the strong development partnership between India and Turkey", the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet.

So he buys the other missile (the S-400s) and then, all of a sudden, they (the US Congress) say, 'Well, you can now buy our missile.' You don't - you can't do business that way. This is very important.

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Erdogan was also certain that Turkey would be able to resolve disagreements with the U.S. caused by the S-400 deal.

"I believe the eyes have turned to the delivery process and there is no disruption on our agreement on that front, " Erdogan said. He also said Turkish and USA foreign and defense ministers would "open the doors" to resolving the matter.

For the USA military, deploying Russian-made air defenses inside a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country poses a technological security risk for the F-35.

Turkish officials have previously said they are preparing for United States sanctions.

"Even though Trump's comments were rather positive, this matter does not just end with the president".

The White House issued a statement after Trump's meeting with Erdogan suggesting the USA president took a harder line than he indicated in his remarks to reporters. Recently, the United States has offered to supply Turkey with Raytheon Co Patriot missiles, in hopes of swaying Turkey away from the S-400.

Erdogan was quoted by NTV as saying: "One S-400 is worth three Patriots".

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