Turkish president: Trump not to allow ties to be held 'captive' to S-400 row

Turkish president: Trump not to allow ties to be held 'captive' to S-400 row

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he believes U.S. President Donald Trump will not allow ties between the two NATO allies to become captive to a dispute over Ankara’s purchase of a Russian S-400 defense system.

Speaking to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara, the Turkish president said it was wrong to question Turkey’s commitment to NATO over the Russian deal.

"There is no concrete evidence showing the S-400s will harm the F-35s or NATO, nobody should deceive each other. Many NATO member states have purchased from Russia. We don’t see this being turned into a crisis," Reuters cited him as saying.

“Turkey made a business decision for its security and what pushed Turkey to do this was the ucompromising stance of its allies. Trump’s statement at the G20 that Turkey was treated unfairly is the confirmation of this fact at the highest level," Erdogan added, stressing that he believes Trump won’t allow Turkish-U.S. relations to become captive of the S-400 issue.

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