Trump sides with Turkey on S-400, F-35 issue

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The positive atmosphere regarding the S-400, F-35 issues in the G20 sideline meetings, where the leaders of Turkey and the U.S. came together, may also hint at a more hopeful future for bilateral ties


U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkey's stance on the purchase of S-400 missiles as well as the F-35 issue, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday, hinting that with these warm talks, the relations between the two countries may actually enter into a new, positive period. "We had talks with President Trump in a very positive atmosphere," Erdoğan said, during a meeting with journalists in Japan where he went to attend the G20 summit and held many side meetings with various world leaders, including Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "[Trump] supports us on the S-400 and F-35 issues. He made it clear in front of the press that they are looking for different options when it comes to the sanctions," Erdoğan expressed, giving an insight into Trump's opinions over the current developments that are affecting Turkish-U.S. relations.

In his meeting with Erdoğan on Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Trump slammed the Obama administration's reluctance to sell Patriot missiles to Turkey in 2013, saying Turkey was not treated fairly as a NATO member. "So I have to tell you, he [Erdoğan] is a NATO member and he is somebody I have become friendly with. And you have to treat fairly. You understand that? You have to treat fairly. I don't think he was treated fairly. I don't think he was treated fairly," Trump added, giving a clear sign that his administration will not seek the path of sanctions and avoid an unfair treatment of Turkey in the ongoing S-400 and F-35 tensions. He said his administration would be looking at different solutions regarding the issues.

Referring at the Trump's personality, Erdoğan said that he respects the U.S. President's clear and precise expressions on these critical issues.

"While expressing some things, Trump does not have a hidden agenda on his mind," the president said, adding that this is a very unique feature of Trump, especially when considering that he has many opponents within his team over many issues.

Erdoğan also said that Trump accused the Obama administration for the misconduct regarding the Patriots, saying that in Trump's opinion if he [former U.S. President Barrack Obama] was to give Patriots to Turkey, things would not have come to this point. When asked about Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) or other sanctions against Turkey, Trump, first, severely criticized the unfair treatment of Turkey by the Obama administration and said "we are looking at it, but it's [sanctions] a two-way street."

"They [Obama administration] wouldn't sell him [Erdoğan], they wouldn't let him buy the missile he wanted to buy which is the Patriot. And after he buys something else, they say now we will sell you the Patriot," Trump said.

The president added that in Trump's opinion, the U.S. should be treating Turkey fairly right now. Touching upon Trump's further remarks on the issue, Erdoğan said that the U.S. president told him that he does not like the U.S. to be known as a country that does not provide products to a country that has made its payments already, reminding that Turkey has paid $1.4 billion to the U.S. for the F-35s. "We've made our payment but they do not deliver our purchase to us," Erdoğan said, adding that this is not the right way for a trader to act to its costumer.

"We've appointed our friends to take special interest over this issue," he further expressed. "We've so far has made payment that is worth $1.4 billion and the war plane number that we will purchase is 100 plus 16. Meaning that the total number is 116," the president expressed.

"He [Trump] also rightfully criticized this approach to a country, a strategic partner, who makes its payments without missing any. Is this an act that would suit a country like the U.S.?" Erdoğan asked, reminding the press that the U.S. also suspended the training of F-35 pilots. "Now, the contrary situation takes place in Russia where a very serious S-400 training took place. The ones who participated in those training are also the teachers, meaning that when they return to Turkey, they'll train more people on the issue," he said.



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Trump sides with Turkey on S-400, F-35 issue

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Read: 724     09:15     01 July 2019    

The positive atmosphere regarding the S-400, F-35 issues in the G20 sideline meetings, where the leaders of Turkey and the U.S. came together, may also hint at a more hopeful future for bilateral ties


U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkey's stance on the purchase of S-400 missiles as well as the F-35 issue, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday, hinting that with these warm talks, the relations between the two countries may actually enter into a new, positive period. "We had talks with President Trump in a very positive atmosphere," Erdoğan said, during a meeting with journalists in Japan where he went to attend the G20 summit and held many side meetings with various world leaders, including Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "[Trump] supports us on the S-400 and F-35 issues. He made it clear in front of the press that they are looking for different options when it comes to the sanctions," Erdoğan expressed, giving an insight into Trump's opinions over the current developments that are affecting Turkish-U.S. relations.

In his meeting with Erdoğan on Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Trump slammed the Obama administration's reluctance to sell Patriot missiles to Turkey in 2013, saying Turkey was not treated fairly as a NATO member. "So I have to tell you, he [Erdoğan] is a NATO member and he is somebody I have become friendly with. And you have to treat fairly. You understand that? You have to treat fairly. I don't think he was treated fairly. I don't think he was treated fairly," Trump added, giving a clear sign that his administration will not seek the path of sanctions and avoid an unfair treatment of Turkey in the ongoing S-400 and F-35 tensions. He said his administration would be looking at different solutions regarding the issues.

Referring at the Trump's personality, Erdoğan said that he respects the U.S. President's clear and precise expressions on these critical issues.

"While expressing some things, Trump does not have a hidden agenda on his mind," the president said, adding that this is a very unique feature of Trump, especially when considering that he has many opponents within his team over many issues.

Erdoğan also said that Trump accused the Obama administration for the misconduct regarding the Patriots, saying that in Trump's opinion if he [former U.S. President Barrack Obama] was to give Patriots to Turkey, things would not have come to this point. When asked about Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) or other sanctions against Turkey, Trump, first, severely criticized the unfair treatment of Turkey by the Obama administration and said "we are looking at it, but it's [sanctions] a two-way street."

"They [Obama administration] wouldn't sell him [Erdoğan], they wouldn't let him buy the missile he wanted to buy which is the Patriot. And after he buys something else, they say now we will sell you the Patriot," Trump said.

The president added that in Trump's opinion, the U.S. should be treating Turkey fairly right now. Touching upon Trump's further remarks on the issue, Erdoğan said that the U.S. president told him that he does not like the U.S. to be known as a country that does not provide products to a country that has made its payments already, reminding that Turkey has paid $1.4 billion to the U.S. for the F-35s. "We've made our payment but they do not deliver our purchase to us," Erdoğan said, adding that this is not the right way for a trader to act to its costumer.

"We've appointed our friends to take special interest over this issue," he further expressed. "We've so far has made payment that is worth $1.4 billion and the war plane number that we will purchase is 100 plus 16. Meaning that the total number is 116," the president expressed.

"He [Trump] also rightfully criticized this approach to a country, a strategic partner, who makes its payments without missing any. Is this an act that would suit a country like the U.S.?" Erdoğan asked, reminding the press that the U.S. also suspended the training of F-35 pilots. "Now, the contrary situation takes place in Russia where a very serious S-400 training took place. The ones who participated in those training are also the teachers, meaning that when they return to Turkey, they'll train more people on the issue," he said.



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