Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran-Turkey-Russia meeting on Syria to be held in August

Iran-Turkey-Russia meeting on Syria to be held in August

The head of the Turkish government also quoted President Trump as saying that Ankara would not be subject to sanctions over the S-400 deal.

Turkey-US ties are under serious strain over Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, which is due for delivery in the coming days.

The Trump administration still plans to impose sanctions on Turkey and remove it from a critical fighter jet program if the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally acquires Russian air defenses, United States officials told Reuters, despite the Turkish president's assurances to the contrary. "You have to treat people fairly...and I don't think he was treated fairly", Trump said.

The latest crisis comes less than a year after another argument between the United States and Turkey: the imprisonment of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, led both countries to impose sanctions and helped hobble the Turkish economy.

Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defence systems through Red Square in Moscow during the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2018.

The Turkish TV Channel Haberturk reported today, citing sources that the delivery of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey could begin on July 7.

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Washington has threatened to cancel Turkey's order of 116 F-35 fighter jets and kick it off the training and production programme, as well as wider economic sanctions, Reuters reported.

According to a Financial Times editorial published on July 1, new sanctions may be imposed on Turkey via the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act".

Bozkir underlined that Turkey had been fully transparent in its purchase of the S-400 systems.

Last month, the Pentagon, in a show of determination, said it would halt the training of Turkish pilots to fly the US -made F-35 warplane.

Russian Federation and Turkey penned a $2.5 billion agreement on the sale of four battalion sets of S-400s to Turkey in late 2018. US officials have said they are "urging" India not to buy the Russian missile system and "encouraging" it to find alternatives so as not to trigger sanctions.

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