July 20, 2019 / 12:49 PM / 4 months ago

Turkish foreign minister discusses defence, Syria with Pompeo

Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali/Files

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has discussed by telephone with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the Russian S-400 missile defence system and the U.S. F-35 fighter jet programme, a foreign ministry source said on Saturday.

The source did not say when the conversation took place. Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 system has infuriated the United States, its NATO ally, which has responded by removing Turkey from the F-35 stealth fighter jet programme.

In their call, Cavusoglu and Pompeo also discussed the situation in Syria, the source said.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Mert Ozkan; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Gareth Jones

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