OSAKA/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated on Saturday the USA didn’t plan to impose sanctions on Ankara for purchasing Russian protection techniques, after the U.S. president stated Turkey had not been handled pretty over the contract.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes fingers with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan throughout their bilateral assembly on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool through REUTERS
The NATO allies have been at odds over Turkey’s resolution to acquire the Russian S-400 missile protection techniques, with Washington warning of sanctions if the deal goes by.
Russia’s Interfax company on Saturday quoted a Kremlin spokesman as saying that the deal envisaged a partial handover of expertise.
Turkey has stated it could not again down earlier than the early July supply date, additional testing relations which are already strained over a number of different points.
However in distinction to statements by U.S. officers, Donald Trump stated Turkey had been handled unfairly over its resolution to purchase the S-400s and blamed the “mess” on the administration of former President Barack Obama. Trump didn’t rule out sanctions.
Talking shortly after bilateral talks with Trump on the G20 summit in Japan, Erdogan stated that the S-400s can be delivered within the first half of July, including he had heard straight from Trump that there can be no sanctions.
“We’ve heard from him personally that this may not occur,” Erdogan stated. “We’re strategic companions with the USA. As strategic companions, no one has the precise to meddle in Turkey’s sovereign rights. Everybody ought to know this.”
Earlier, requested if the USA would impose sanctions on Turkey, Trump, sitting alongside Erdogan, stated the problem was being mentioned, nevertheless it was a “two-way road” and either side had been evaluating “totally different options”.
The US says the S-400s aren’t suitable with NATO’s protection community and will compromise its Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) F-35 stealth fighter jets, an plane Turkey helps to construct and planning to purchase.
Beneath attainable U.S. sanctions, Turkey might face expulsion from the F-35 program, a transfer Erdogan has dismissed. However Washington has already began the method of eradicating Turkey from the F-35 program, halting coaching of Turkish pilots in the USA on the plane.
“We’ve a fee up to now of $1.four billion to the USA,” Erdogan stated. “As joint producers, till now 4 F-35 jets have been delivered to us, however we’ll nonetheless obtain… a complete of 116 jets. We expect these,” he added.
“What some folks in decrease ranks are saying completely don’t align with Mr Trump’s strategy. I imagine these is not going to hurt our bilateral ties, and that’s the dedication we’re occurring with.”
Regardless of the specter of sanctions, Turkey had put its hopes on the connection between Erdogan and Trump, saying it anticipated the U.S. president to guard it from sanctions over the S-400 deal.
Forward of Saturday’s talks, the assembly between Erdogan and Trump was seen as Turkey’s final push to keep away from U.S. sanctions that might considerably harm its already ailing financial system.
Even minor U.S. sanctions might immediate one other sharp sell-off within the Turkish lira. A 30% slide within the forex drove the financial system into recession final 12 months, and the lira has misplaced one other 10 p.c this 12 months.
Erdogan’s feedback additionally appeared to transcend statements made by the Turkish presidency and the White Home after the talks between the 2 leaders, which lasted round 40 minutes.
The White Home stated Trump “expressed concern” over the S-400 deal and “inspired Turkey to work with the USA on protection cooperation in a manner that strengthens the NATO alliance”, whereas the Turkish presidency stated Trump had voiced a want to resolve the dispute with out harming bilateral ties.
In an effort to sway Turkey, the USA has provided to provide it with Raytheon Co (RTN.N) Patriot missiles, however Erdogan has stated the U.S. provide was inferior to Russia’s S-400 proposal.
Talking at a information convention on the G20 minutes earlier than Erdogan, Trump blamed Barack Obama’s administration for putting situations on Turkey’s buy of Patriot missiles and treating Turkey unfairly, and added Erdogan had no fault within the dispute.
“This administration earlier to mine wouldn’t let him purchase it (Patriots). So (Erdogan) goes out, he goes to Russia, and makes a deal for the S-400,” Trump stated. “He made a deal, he paid them some huge cash, put up some huge cash. And he purchased it.”
“As quickly as he purchased it (S-400), folks went again to him from our nation and so they stated, ‘Hear, we don’t need you to make use of that system as a result of it’s not the NATO system,” he added. “He received handled very unfairly.”
Trump additionally stated he would go to Turkey, however added date had not been set but. Erdogan stated earlier this week that Trump might go to in July.
Extra reporting by Maria Vasilyeva in MOSCOW, Malcolm Foster and Chang-Ran Kim in TOKYO; Modifying by Robert Birsel and Stephen Powell