Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met with the US President Donald Trump Wednesday, claimed Turkey needs to maintain good relations both with Russia and the US, BNN Bloomberg reported.
Talking to reporters after the meeting with his US counterpart, Erdogan stated that relations with Moscow cannot be ruined. “There is a strategic relationship over the natural gas,” he said noting that the Turkey Stream gas project should not be ignored, nor should it happen to the Turkey’s deal with Russia on purchasing missile defense system S-400.
Erdogan went on to explain that Turkey also gets income from Russian tourists. “Last year, 6.5 million Russian tourists visited Turkey,” he said.
“Our bilateral trade is heading towards $30 billion. We can’t dump S-400s and go for Patriots. But we said let’s buy Patriots as we buy the S-400s because we have the intention to build a multi-dimensional defense system.”
Turkish President claimed that he wants both Moscow and Washington to be allies of Turkey. “The way to overcome differences of views is to remain in a healthy dialogue based on correct information. We will continue our work in this without interruption,” he added.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website