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Erdogan, Trump discuss Russian S-400 working group bid

Two leaders also address latest developments in Syria, agree to pursue cooperation in counter-terrorism

Zafer Fatih Beyaz and Aynur Ekiz   | 29.04.2019
Erdogan, Trump discuss Russian S-400 working group bid

ANKARA 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump discussed a proposal for a working group on Russia’s S-400 air defense system via telephone Monday.

According to a statement by the Turkish Presidency, Erdogan and Trump also exchanged views on the recent developments in Syria and "agreed to maintain the close cooperation on anti-terror fight". 

Washington has balked at Turkey's purchase of the S-400s.

U.S. officials have suggested Turkey buy the U.S. Patriot missile system rather than the S-400, arguing it is incompatible with NATO systems and is a threat to the F-35 fifth-generation stealth aircraft.

Turkey responded it was the U.S. refusal to sell it Patriots that led it to seek other sellers, adding that Russia offered a better deal, including technology transfers.

The bilateral and regional issues were subjects of the high-level phone conversation, as well.

The two leaders also reiterated the aim for $75B trade volume, the statement added.

In a separate readout of the call, the White House said Trump and Erdogan addressed "progress" in negotiations over "security concerns in northern Syria," and added the Turkish president expressed condolences over a deadly attack on a synagogue San Diego, California over the weekend. 

* Writing by Faruk Zorlu / Michael Hernandez contributed to this report from Washington 

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