U.S. President Donald Trump will confront Turkeys chief about his decision to buy a Russian air defense systemonce they meet this week on the White Home amid strained relations between the 2 NATO allies.
Trumps nationwide safety adviser, Robert OBrien, mentioned Sunday that america remains to be very upset by the transfer to buy the Russian S-400 system. The U.S. says the system is just not suitable with NATO forces and will compromise the F-35 fighter jet program and support Russian intelligence. The Trump administrationremoved Turkey from the F-35 programin July.
OBrien informed CBS Face the Nation that if Turkey doesnt do away with the Russian system, Turkey will possible face U.S. sanctions backed by a bipartisan majority in Congress. Trump is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday and NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday.
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Theres no place in NATO for the S-400, OBrien mentioned. Theres no place in NATO for vital Russian army purchases. Thats a message that the president will ship to him very clearly when hes right here in Washington.
OBrien mentioned, nonetheless, that the U.S. will do all the things it might to hold Turkey in NATO.
Turkey has been roundly criticized for its incursion into northern Syria to assault Kurdish forces that have been preventing with the U.S. in opposition to Islamic State militants. Trump has been denounced for eradicating U.S. forces from the realm earlier than the incursion, however OBrien mentioned the administration didn’t pave the best way for Erdogans offensive into Syria.
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