Trump and Albayrak discuss purchase of S-400

Trump and Albayrak discuss purchase of S-400

Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump and he said Trump took a “reasonable” stance regarding Turkey’s planned purchase of a Russian air defense missile system, Turkish media reported.

Albayrak said he also met Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House adviser Jared Kushner.

"During our meetings, where we discussed steps to increase our cooperation, we were received by U.S. President Donald Trump. We passed on the greetings and messages of our president," Albayrak wrote on Twitter.

"He listened in a very reasonable way with a positive understanding to the process regarding Turkey’s needs for the S-400s," CNN Turk cited Albayrak as saying. "There was a very positive, constructive conversation."

Albayrak was also cited as saying there were discussions at the meetings on increasing bilateral trade between the United States and Turkey to $75 billion annually from $20 billion currently.

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