President BidenJoe Biden Are we investing trillions in what matters? Biden praises Reid as a fighter “for the America we all love” at Fox News memorial service tops ratings for coverage of the events of January 6 MORE met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Group of 20 summit in Rome on Sunday, where he expressed concerns over Turkey’s ownership of a Russian S-400 missile system.
According to the White House, Biden expressed his gratitude to Erdoğan for Turkey’s nearly 20 years of contribution to the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
“The leaders discussed the political process in Syria, the provision of humanitarian aid to Afghans in need, the elections in Libya, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and diplomatic efforts in the South Caucasus,” said the Minister. White House.
President Biden reaffirmed our defense partnership and Turkey’s importance as a NATO ally, but noted US concerns over Turkey’s possession of the Russian S-400 missile system “, he added.
In September, Erdoğan announced that Turkey would buy the Russian defense system, claiming that the United States had not delivered the F-35 jets bought by Ankara. After the purchase, Turkey was kicked out of the F-35 program and the country’s defense officials were sanctioned.
“I explained everything to President Biden,” Erdoğan said at the time in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.
However, the Pentagon had disputed Erdoğan’s claims that the United States would not respect Turkey’s purchase, with the spokesperson. John kirbyJohn KirbyOvernight Defense & National Security – Nation marks 1 year since Capitol Riot Overnight Defense & National Security – Date set for US-Russian security talks Pentagon goes on the offensive against GOP on vaccine mandates MORE stating in a statement to Air Force Magazine that “Turkey has had several opportunities over the past decade to purchase the Patriot defense system from the United States and instead chose to purchase the S-400, which provides the Russian income, access and influence. “
Asked about the F-35 deal with Turkey following Biden’s meeting and whether Erdoğan had asked for a refund, a senior administration official told reporters on Sunday: “I think there was a Defense Department team that was in Turkey to start working with them on the F-35 issue. This process on the F-35 is therefore ongoing.
Regarding the S-400 system, the official added that “clearly the S400 is an issue that continues to concern Congress and continues to be a factor in all of these larger issues as part of our defense relationship.” .
Updated at 7:47 a.m.