© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: New U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds first press briefing on the State Division in Washington


By Humeyra Pamuk and Daphne Psaledakis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is predicted to talk together with his Turkish counterpart, International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, within the coming days, a State Division spokesman stated on Wednesday whereas reiterating that American coverage opposing Turkey’s Russian S-400 missiles stays unchanged.

“I’d count on the secretary and his Turkish counterpart could have a possibility to talk, to attach within the coming days, State Division spokesman Ned Worth informed reporters.

Requested whether or not the US is contemplating Turkey’s current suggestion that it could not must make the Russian S-400 missile protection programs operational on a regular basis, Worth stated Washington’s coverage remained unchanged.

“Russian S-400s are incompatible with NATO tools, they threaten the safety of NATO know-how, and so they’re inconsistent with Turkey’s commitments as a NATO ally,” Worth stated.

Turkey’s protection minister, Hulusi Akar, was cited on Tuesday as saying that Turkey would suggest solely partially activating its S-400s in negotiations with the US, which sanctioned Ankara over the air protection programs in December.

Worth didn’t say whether or not Washington would contemplate the proposal, reiterating that the U.S. coverage stays the identical and that Washington continues to induce Turkey to not retain the S-400 system.

“Turkey is a long-standing and valued NATO ally. … We search cooperation on widespread priorities, and as with every ally, we interact in dialogue to handle disagreements,” Worth stated.

Washington sanctioned Ankara for buying the S-400s on grounds they threaten its superior F-35 fighter jets and are incompatible with shared NATO defenses, one thing that Turkey rejects. Turkey says the programs will stand independently from NATO defenses.

Since Democrat Joe Biden was elected U.S. president, Ankara has stated it needs higher ties and once more proposed an S-400 joint working group. Washington has repeatedly rejected that and says sanctions will stay till Turkey now not possesses the missiles.

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