Press Secretary for the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin announced the meeting topics for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan when he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, set to take place in the beginning of March.
During the meeting the leaders will discuss the numbers and supply of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, according to him.
“Negotiations are currently ongoing for the S-400, to solve many technical aspects. The administration and the president are closely following the matter. We do not know whether will have time to resolve the issue before the SWOT, but definitely this issue will be discussed at the executive level,” Kalin said to journalists in Ankara.
Additionally, the talks will cover the situation in Syria, as well as the sanctions against Russia, which are still in force after the downing of the Russian SU-24 jet incident.
The meeting of the two leaders will take place in Moscow, at a session of the Russian-Turkish High-Level Cooperation Council.
The Turkish head of state will meet with his American colleague Donald Trump in the next two to three months, the presidential press secretary said. According to him, the meeting may take place before the NATO summit in Brussels, scheduled for May 25.
In this regard, Kalin noted that the Trump administration’s positive approach to the question of the extradition of opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen and expressed hope for a positive outcome.
He added that the new US administration better understood to what extent of how fastidiously concerned Turkey was about the extradition of the opposition preacher.