Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday vowed to go ahead with a deal to purchase Russian missiles despite Washington's suspension of Turkey's participation in a U.S. jet program because of security concerns over the Russian deal. "And nobody, neither the West nor Russian Federation, can ask us to choose between", Cavusoglu said. The freeze on related equipment remains in place, but officials determined that the delivery of additional jets to Luke's training program "didn't pose risk" to the US, the official said.
In February, he told FOX Business that the Chinese telecom giant threatens the ability of Europe. to work alongside the United States. Last month, 31 lawmakers sent a letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee pushing for legislative language blocking federal funds from being used to help transfer F-35s to Turkey unless the secretary of state certifies that Ankara isn't moving ahead with the S4-400 deal.
The S-400 is an anti-missile and anti-aircraft weapon system, similar to the US Patriot.
"It seems that there is no clear strategy yet" by the U.S.to dial back its military presence in Syria, Cavusoglu said in an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.
Pence threatened that if Turkey completes the purchase, Turkey will risk expulsion from the joint F-35 program. Imamoglu said he's confident that the result of a recount of votes in the city will confirm his victory and has renewed an appeal to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help end the standoff.More news: ‘I Like Women And Men
"We have rightly sought peace through strength here at NATO", Pompeo said.
Britons were nearly equal in the urge to protect as Americans, but opinion was an "even split" on whether to defend Turkey, while the French were more willing to defend the US and others apart from the Ukraine, Turkey, and Romania.
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkey's minister of foreign affairs, said Wednesday that his country is "definitely" moving forward with its purchase of the S-400, known as the "F-35 killer" by Moscow. The U.S. intelligence community has identified Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as the plan's architect - an assessment Trump and his cabinet members have contradicted in public statements.
Cavusoglu's pitch for a working group appears to be the newest idea from Ankara to quash tensions over the pending purchase of the S-400, which Turkey insists will not be integrated into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation networks.
But Scaparrotti too was optimistic that Turkey would not go through with purchasing the S-400.
Addressing security in the Black Sea region, Ministers agreed a new package of measures to enhance NATO's situational awareness and strengthen support for the Alliance's partners in the region, Georgia and Ukraine. The base already had two jets belonging to Turkey for the global training program.