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Turkey FURY at US over bid to block Russian fighter jets purchase

January 10, 2019 2:38 PM
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Turkey FURY at US over bid to block Russian fighter jets purchase

TURKEY has reacted with outrage after the US tried to stop it from buying a high-tech missile system from Russia.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had threatened to launch another operation in Syria targeting the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, which Turkey regards as a terrorist group.

Turkish officials had a tense meeting this week with Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, in Ankara aimed at coordinating the pullout process.

Mr Erdoğan – who has welcomed the pullout plan – accused Mr Bolton of a “grave mistake” by demanding that Ankara provide assurances on the safety of the Kurdish fighters before Washington withdraws its troops.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who is on a regional tour, also said Turkey had committed to protecting Washington’s Kurdish allies fighting Islamic State in Syria.

Source: express.co.uk

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