President Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday said he did not expect the U.S. to impose sanctions on Turkey over its planned purchase of S-400 Russian missile defense systems and repeated that it was a "done deal."
Speaking at a news conference for foreign media in Istanbul, Erdoğan said the U.S. should think very carefully before imposing sanctions on Turkey, a NATO member, and if it went ahead with sanctions, Ankara was going to retaliate.
"I say this very openly and sincerely, our relations with (President Donald) Trump are at a place that I can call really good... In the event of any issues, we immediately work the phones," the president said.
President Erdoğan yesterday denied that Washington offered Turkey a "good" deal that would allow it to purchase U.S. Patriot systems instead.
Turkey has emphasized that the S-400s would not be integrated into NATO operability and would not pose a threat to the alliance. It has also repeatedly said it was ready to discuss Washington's concerns. It proposed forming a joint working group with Washington to assess whether the S-400s would pose a threat to NATO; however, the U.S. has not taken any steps to form the technical team.
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