Turkish FM denies Pompeo's readout of meeting
WASHINGTON – Anadolu Agency
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's readout of a meeting he had with his Turkish counterpart was not reflective of the actual language used in the meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on April 4.
In a statement provided by the State Department on behalf of the secretary, Pompeo said he warned Çavuşoğlu about "the potentially devastating consequences of unilateral Turkish military action" in the region.
"With regards to this readout, I was there and we know what we talked, and such language was never used, in Syria particularly they never mentioned such things about the unilateral actions of Turkey," Çavuşoğlu told reporters at a news conference in Washington.
"We just agreed to continue working together through this task force and also a joint working group, and Jim Jeffrey comes to Turkey very often," he added, referring the U.S. special envoy for Syria.
Çavuşoğlu also reiterated remarks made the day before, saying that he proposed to have a team to assess the S-400 will not pose a threat to NATO.
"I proposed to have a technical team or a joint working group to make sure this S-400 that we have purchased for our own need, this is a defense system, by the way, will not pose any risk or threat to NATO systems including F-35s."
Çavuşoğlu contended Turkey urgently needs an air defense system because of the "threat in the neighborhood" and said NATO is not yet capable enough to cover the country's airspace.
He also said that Turkey could agree on a price for the U.S. Patriot missile system, but in order for progress to be made congressional approval would be needed to solve the F-35 issue between the countries.