Erdoğan reiterates proposal for S-400 working group to Trump
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a phone conversation on May 29 with U.S. President Donald Trump in which he reiterated Ankara's proposal to form a working group to discuss Turkey's pending procurement of Russia's S-400 missile defense system.
Turkish presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter that Erdoğan and Trump also discussed bilateral and regional issues.
Washington has balked at Turkey's purchase of the S-400s.
U.S. officials have advised Turkey to buy the Patriot missile system rather than the S-400 system from Moscow, arguing it is incompatible with NATO systems.
Turkey has responded that it was the U.S. refusal to sell it Patriots that led it to seek other sellers, adding Russia offered it a better deal, including technology transfers.
Separately addressing the U.S. move to lower tariffs on Turkish steel, Erdoğan told Trump that his decision will contribute to realizing the $75 billion bilateral trade volume target.
Two weeks earlier, Trump lowered tariffs on Turkish steel imports from 50% to 25%.
The two leaders also agreed to meet at the G20 summit scheduled to be held June 28-29 in Osaka, Japan, Altun added.
The White House separately said the presidents discussed a number of bilateral issues during their phone call, including the "shared desire to increase trade," Turkey's plans to buy the S-400 and Trump's decision to reduce steel tariffs.