Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Turkey to hit back against US sanctions over Russian S-400 deal

Turkey to hit back against US sanctions over Russian S-400 deal

Erdogan said he would discuss the issue with his US counterpart Donald Trump during the G20 summit slated for late June in Japan.

"I say this very openly and sincerely, our relations with (President Donald) Trump are at a place that I can call really good".

"Our (close) relations with Trump are different to those we have with his subordinates", Erdogan said.

According to the statement, Minister Shoukry said that the matter confirms "Erdogan's desire to cover up his internal excesses, engage in absurd arguments to serve his electoral situation and exclusively work to fabricate problems".

"I believe United Nations will address Morsi's suspicious death as an agenda item and bring those responsible [for his death] to account", Erdogan said.

The planned purchase has drawn threats of US penalties that, at their most severe, could cripple the ailing Turkish economy and create severe strains between Washington and a crucial Middle East partner that relies on it for arms, USA officials familiar with the matter have said.

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Erdoğan warned the United States should "think very carefully" before imposing sanctions and would face retaliation if it does, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian system has driven a wedge between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. He denied that Washington offered Turkey a "good" deal that would allow it to purchase U.S. Patriot systems instead.

Ankara hit out at the "inappropriate" US ultimatum and earlier this week sent an official response to the USA, saying the letter was not "in the spirit of alliance".

"Turkey is just not any country for the USA, we have a strategic partnership going back so many years". "Turkey has to return from this interest rate policy in a very careful way", he added.

"The positions where those missiles will be deployed have already been decided", Erdogan added.

Trump and Erdoğan are expected to meet at the G-20 summit in Osaka at the end of the month, and the S-400 purchase will be top of the agenda if the meeting goes ahead.

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