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Thailand: ‘We have no issue with NATO’ - Turkish FM Cavusoglu *PARTNER CONTENT* *EXCLUSIVE*

Thailand, Bangkok
July 30, 2019 at 08:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed Syria and the delivery of the S-400 missile defence system to Turkey on the sidelines of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok on Tuesday.

He stated that the formation of the Syrian constitutional committee will be on top of the agenda at the next Astana format peace talks in Kazakhstan's Nur-Sultan between August 1-2.

Asked about the delivery of Russian S-400 missile defence system and the effect it has on Turkey's relations with its transatlantic partners, the diplomat said that "with regards to the S-400s and other issues, it is no problem to NATO."

"It is more a bilateral issue between Turkey and the United States. It is not an issue between Turkey and NATO," Cavusoglu concluded.

The Trump administration has threatened Turkey with sanctions over the acquisition of the S-400 system.

Washington also said it was removing Ankara from its F-35 fighter jets programme after Turkey received the first parts of the S-400 system in mid-July.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed Syria and the delivery of the S-400 missile defence system to Turkey on the sidelines of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok on Tuesday.

He stated that the formation of the Syrian constitutional committee will be on top of the agenda at the next Astana format peace talks in Kazakhstan's Nur-Sultan between August 1-2.

Asked about the delivery of Russian S-400 missile defence system and the effect it has on Turkey's relations with its transatlantic partners, the diplomat said that "with regards to the S-400s and other issues, it is no problem to NATO."

"It is more a bilateral issue between Turkey and the United States. It is not an issue between Turkey and NATO," Cavusoglu concluded.

The Trump administration has threatened Turkey with sanctions over the acquisition of the S-400 system.

Washington also said it was removing Ankara from its F-35 fighter jets programme after Turkey received the first parts of the S-400 system in mid-July.

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