Erdogan says S-400 deal on track, ahead of meeting with Trump





Osaka - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the plan to buy the S-400 air defence system from Russia is on track and remains a priority for Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported as he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Osaka.

The meeting with Putin came just before Erdogan was to meet US President Donald Trump, with Washington threatening sanctions on its NATO ally if it takes possession of the S-400 system.



 Turkey and the US should maintain cooperation based on their "strategic partnership," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of his meeting with US President Donald Trump.
"Our strategic partnership requires solidarity in many fields," Erdogan said while sitting next to Trump.
"I strongly believe such solidarity will continue in the upcoming period."
The Turkish president also mentioned willingness to boost trade with the US as well as cooperation in the defence industry.
Erdogan would not comment on Ankara's planned purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system.
The meeting with Trump took 35 minutes and Erdogan is expected to hold a press conference later in the day, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Saturday, June 29th 2019
(dpa)
           


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