Will Trump waive sanctions on Turkey?
Two days after the first delivery of Russian S-400 missile system to Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that U.S. President Donald Trump has the authority to waive sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russian air defence systems and should find a "middle ground".
Erdogan's comments came two days after NATO member Turkey took delivery of the first consignment of advanced Russian S-400 missile defence system parts, despite warnings from Washington that the move would trigger U.S. sanctions.
Erdogan was quoted to say that "Trump has the authority to waive or postpone CAATSA", referring to U.S. sanctions designed to prevent countries buying military equipment from Russia.
"Since this is the case, it is Trump who needs to find the middle ground," Erdogan said, according to Haberturk.
Trump expressed sympathy for Turkey's position when he met Erdogan at a G20 summit in Japan last month, saying Ankara had bought the S-400s from Moscow because the previous U.S. administration would not sell it the Patriot defence system made by Raytheon Co.
"Right now, I don't believe Trump is of the same opinion of those below him and he has said this in front of all the world's media," Erdogan said. "By buying the S-400s, we are not getting ready for war. We are trying to guarantee peace and our national security."