The US and Turkey may create a joint working group to discuss the situation with the Turkish decision to purchase the S-400 system from Russia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he came with this proposal during his recent meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House.
Both sides describing the meeting as productive. However, at a joint news conference, Trump recalled the US concerns over this situation.
“Turkey’s acquisition of sophisticated Russian military weapons, such as the S-400, creates some very serious challenges for us,” Trump said standing alongside Erdogan. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to resolve that situation,” he added.
According to Erdogan, the proposed working gorpu should include representatives of the countires’ defense ministries as well as the press secretary and special adviser to the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalin and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.
Erdogan described Washington’s demand to reject the S-400 as wrong and said that Turkey is ready to consider buying US-made Patriot missile systems. Nonetheless, he pointed out that the “diversification” of “defense resources” is in Turkey’s national interests and its sovereign right.
“I hope that we will get a positive result at the end of the work of [such a group],” the Turkish leader said, adding that he saw Trump’s “more positive attitude” and “more constructive approach” in the negotiations.
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