Amid crisis, US-Turkey discuss defence and security

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US Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan has met Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and discussed bilateral issues related to defence, security and economy, Pentagon said.

A statement released amid an ongoing feud between the nations over Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defence system, said the two chiefs met as strategic Nato allies and “focused their discussion on interests, rather than positions”, Xinhua news agency reported.

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However, it did not provide any further details on Tuesday’s meeting.

On April 3, US Vice President Mike Pence warned Turkey against purchasing the S-400 air defence system from Russia, despite Ankara’s firm stance on the deal.

During a congressional hearing in March, General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of US European Command, suggested the US should cut the sale of F-35 fighters to Turkey if Ankara adopts S-400 air defence system.

Kremlin has spoken highly of Turkey’s tough stance.