Turkish missile purchase looms large over Trump-Erdogan meeting

November 12, 2019

The Sydney Morning Herald:

ANKARA, Turkey Turkey’s purchase of an advanced Russian missile system will top the agenda for Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday, a “critical” meeting that’s set to shape the future of ties with the U.S., the Turkish president’s top aide said.

Turkey’s relationship with its key NATO ally has been strained by a series of rows, from disagreements over the Turkish offensive in Syria to Ankara’s decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.

Erdogan sees this week’s encounter at the White House as crucial to reconcile those differences, his Communications Director Fahrettin Altun told Bloomberg late Monday.

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