IN THE WAKE OF G20 SUMMIT IN JAPAN: President Erdoğan: We Heard No Such Thing as Sanctions from Trump

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* Photograph: Murat Çetinmühürdar – Osaka / AA, Presidency

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President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair has made a statement for the press regarding his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.

The G20 Leaders’ Summit was held in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29, 2019.

Stating that this year’s summit had four main topics, Erdoğan said, “These topics were climate change, trade, refugees and migration and struggle against terrorism. We also put forward our positions on these topics and ensured that our views were reflected in the final declaration.”

Referring to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in İstanbul Consulate General of Saudia Arabia in October 2018, Erdoğan indicated, “Some of the dominant powers of the world are trying to take it off the agenda. Some people are distributing considerable amount of money.”

‘S-400s will be delivered in 10 days’

President and AKP Chair Erdoğan also referred to Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense missile system from Russia in his speech and said, “We will get over this process without having any problems.”

To the questions on possible U.S. sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of S-400s, Erdoğan answered, “We have heard no such thing as sanctions up until now” and announced that the delivery of S-400s will start in 10 days.

As reported by dailies Habertürk and Hürriyet, Erdoğan further indicated that U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his support for Turkey both for S-400s and F-35 fighter jets. Erdoğan stated the following about the issue:

‘We will buy Patriots even if conditions are equal’

“They have come to a certain point about F-35s, it is way more important. They have given 1 billion 400 million dollars. But, you are not giving your goods. It is not good to be known like that.

“Now, we have given this money, but they are not giving our goods to us. Neither can there be such a trader, nor can there be such a customer. And I am saying it loud and clear: It points to the honesty of a person.

“Technologically speaking, one S-400 is equal to three Patriots. Nevertheless, let us first see the conditions. Even if the conditions are equal with the S-400s, we will buy Patriots.”

‘He didn’t tell us “We will impose that sanction on you”‘

Concluding his remarks, Erdoğan also addressed the possible U.S. sanctions on Turkey due to its purchase of S-400s.

“Speaking of sanctions, we have heard no such thing as ‘sanctions for such and such issue’ from Trump up until now”, Erdoğan said and added:

“In our telephone calls and bilateral meetings with him, Mr Trump has not told us ‘We will impose that sanction on you’ so far.

“Regarding the S-400s, he said, ‘You are right.’ We have taken the issue to a further level today. And at this further level, Mr. Trump stated, ‘It is injustice’.

“The upcoming process is, of course, very important. Especially some people, those from different circles, should not talk about S-400s here and there. Because, after this statement, Mr. Trump has determined its position.” (AS/SD)