The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to avert impending sanctions by the United States due to a controversial arms business with Russia. He will present US President Donald Trump in front of the G-20 summit at the end of June his arguments in a call, announced Erdogan on Wednesday in a televised speech. On the sidelines of the meeting of the 20 largest industrial and emerging countries in Japan, a Meeting of the two heads of state is planned.
He wanted to discuss the topic with Trump and the "initial situation" to return, Erdogan said. The United States had set the Nato-Partner Turkey a deadline until the end of July, to abandon the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. The U.S. Department of defense threatened, among other things, the Turkey permanently from the joint production of the F-35 fighter jets to exclude.
waiver of Russian missiles to be stressed is not an Option
Erdogan, Turkey wanted to buy 100 fighter jets, but also "a partner". The Turkish defense industry have invested 1.25 billion dollars in the project.
The Turkish President reiterated that a waiver of the purchase of the Russian S-400 missiles for him was not an Option. The business is in dry towels. The anti-aircraft missiles would be expected to be delivered in July, Erdogan said.
The arms deal between Ankara and Moscow, leads to long-standing tensions between Turkey and Nato. The United States and other Nato member States fear Russia could gain on the S-400 System information to Nato aircraft. Washington insists that Ankara instead of the S-400 missiles, the US Patriot acquires the System. Erdogan rejected this claim, arguing that Moscow had a better offer. (AFP)
Created: 13.06.2019, 00:05 Uhr