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Trump Shows “Reasonable Approach” to S-400: Turkish Minister

ANKARA – US President Donald Trump is demonstrating a reasonable attitude towards the purchase of S-400 Russian air defense systems by Ankara, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Tuesday.
“During the meeting, Trump has shown a reasonable approach to the need to buy the S-400, and he may meet our President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan] in the near future,” he said.
“Trump talks were positive and showed the importance it attached to Turkey, “said the minister quoted by the broadcaster NTV.
Berat Albayrak added that there has been a very positive and constructive conversation.
Earlier, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the Russian S-400 air defense systems would not be part of any active NATO military system.
Last month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems was an “agreement reached”.
The Pentagon has previously announced that the United States has suspended its deliveries and activities with Turkey on the operational capabilities of the F-35 following Ankara’s decision to procure S-400 defense systems from Russia.
In December 2017, Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement for the supply of S-400 air defense systems in Ankara. NATO and the United States criticized Russian-Turkish cooperation in S-400 deliveries, which raised security concerns and the lack of integration between S-400 and defense systems NATO. Ankara, for its part, said that the purchase of military equipment was a matter of sovereignty and excluded the possibility of abandoning the agreement with Moscow.
The first S-400 shipment is expected to be delivered to Ankara in July.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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