US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “conveyed the United States’ disappointment” over Turkey’s deal with Russia, said the Statement by the US Department of State.
Pompeo spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu over the phone Saturday. That was the first contact between Turkey and the US officials since Turkey started accepting the delivery of the Russian S-400 air defense system.
According to the statement, “the Secretary expressed his condolences to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu regarding the July 17 attack in Erbil, Iraq, which resulted in the death of a Turkish diplomat.”
“Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to addressing Turkish security concerns along the Turkey-Syria border, while also reiterating the U.S. Government’s obligation to ensure the protection of local partners working with the United States and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.”
“The Secretary also conveyed the United States’ disappointment over Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system.”
US has expelled Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program and instructed all the F-35 personnel to leave Turkey by the end of July. Next week the US president Donald Trump will be holding a meeting with Republican Senators on possible sanctions against Turkey over its purchase of the S-400.
Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website