The Turkish Foreign Minister stated that the Russian S-400 missile system purchased by Turkey does not pose a threat to NATO security.
This system does not pose any danger to NATO. And Turkey is determined to have a constructive dialogue on the S-400 issue from a realistic point of view.
As Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is in France, wrote in a note to the French newspaper, Appignon:
“Turkey and France are friendly countries and will remain so.”
There should be no room for misunderstanding so that this friendship and familiarity does not get into trouble.
He added, “The two allies are going through a period of extraordinary pressure. The phone call between Erdogan and Macron in March is an opportunity to strengthen relations.
The trip to Paris and my meetings on this trip show our will.
Referring to regional issues that pitted the two countries against each other, Cavusoglu wrote:
Today, there are increasingly common views and common interests on many issues.
The two countries considered the issue of Syria, the access of humanitarian aid, the preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity, and the advancement of the political process as important issues that have the same political priorities.
With our allies in the fight against ISIS, our differences over the terrorist PKK can be resolved when cooperation with the group ends.
The goal of the PKK is not to confront ISIS, but to divide Syria and control the border between NATO and Europe by using terrorists to create an (autonomous) region that no one can deny.
Our allies should know that this terrorist group poses a threat to our national security and should not deny it.
He added: “Turkey and France are friends and allies and will remain so.”
The Turkish foreign minister stated that the Russian S-400 missile system Turkey purchased does not pose a threat to NATO security.
And Turkey is determined to have a constructive dialogue on the S-400 issue from a realistic point of view.
The Turkish Foreign Minister left for France yesterday (Sunday) and will arrive in Paris today to meet Turkish officials during his two-day visit.
France and Turkey have also experienced turbulent relations over the past two years, culminating in the Nagorno-Karabakh War and Paris’ support for Armenia.
Paris called on the European Union to impose sanctions on Turkey, but this was opposed by some countries, including Italy, and Germany as a mediator, and called for more understanding between Turkey and European countries.