U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on the 10th that the United States expects a dialogue between Secretary of State Anthony Blincoln and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavushoru “within a few days”.
Price told media reporters that he expected the opportunity to “chat” and “contact”, but the U.S. position on Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system from Russia has not changed.
Price said that the S-400 system “threates the technical security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”, and the United States continued to urge Turkey not to retain the weapon system.
Turkey signed a S-400 system purchase contract with Russia in 2017. Russia began to deliver in 2019.
Turkey is a member of NATO. The U.S. government and NATO firmly oppose the Turkish purchase of the S-400 system, saying that it is not compatible with NATO weapons systems and may help Russia track the F-35 stealth fighter developed by the United States in cooperation with many allies.
The U.S. government suspended Turkey’s eligibility to participate in the F-35 project in July 2019 and imposed sanctions on Turkey in December 2020, citing Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 system.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that Turkey has the right to decide whether to buy the S-400 system, and the United States opposes “insignificant”.
However, after Joseph Biden was elected President of the United States, Turkey repeatedly “wishes goodwill” to the United States, hoping to improve relations between the two countries.
On matters related to the S-400 system, earthwork has recently lowered the door.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akal told the Turkish newspaper Liberté on the 10th that “we will not always use them” and “These systems are used according to the degree of threat”.
Akkar also stressed that the Turkish side has always opened the door to dialogue.
U.S. State Department spokesman Price made a similar statement on the same day, saying that the United States is willing to “solve differences through dialogue” with any NATO allies.