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7 December, Saturday

Trump knows why Turkey needs Russian S-400 - Erdogan

Turkish president says meeting with US counterpart in Japan significant for overcoming stalemate in Turkey-US relations.

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The U.S. president knows Turkey’s security concerns, and why it needs Russian S-400 air defense system, Turkish president said in an interview with Japanese media.

“I believe my meeting with U.S. President Trump during the G-20 summit will be important for eliminating the deadlock in our bilateral relations and strengthening our cooperation,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Nikkei Asian Review, a Tokyo-based publication, in an interview published Wednesday, ahead of G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29.

“Regarding the S-400s, Trump knows Turkey's concerns, why we needed this system and how we came to this point very well,” Erdogan said.

Turkish leader said Trump-Erdogan meeting in Japan will review all aspects of the ties between the two countries.

Read more: Trump may visit Turkey in July - Erdogan says

“We will also review the developments in the north of Syria,” he underlined.

The two leaders will also address a visit by Trump to Turkey in July.

Erdogan also reiterated that the S-400 air defense system procurement issue is a goods and services procurement for meeting the urgent security needs of Turkey.

“In our search for an effective air defense system against the security threats, technology transfer and cost-benefit analysis were priorities for us,” Erdogan said.

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