Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate rejects attempt to curb Trump’s Iran war powers Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House ‘with my head held high’ Atlanta mayor endorses Biden for president MORE told him he would not impose U.S. sanctions on Turkey following the country’s move to purchase a Russian missile defense system.Erdoğan told reporters at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Japan that he had received personal reassurances from Trump that sanctions against Turkey would not be passed, stating that “no such thing will happen,” according to CNN.”For now it does not look like that. It is out of question between two strategic partners. I think it should not happen,” Erdoğan said when asked about the possibility of sanctions.His comments come after the U.S. moved officially this week to remove Turkey from the military’s program for countries considering purchases of the new F-35 fighter jet, which Turkey’s military had been planning to buy before settling on the purchase of a new Russian missile defense system.U.S. officials made it clear that the Trump administration would not accept the sale of F-35s to a nation that purchased missile defense technology from Russia, warning of security concerns.“As we have very clearly communicated at all levels, Turkey will not receive the F-35 if Turkey takes delivery of the S-400 system. Thus, we need to begin unwinding Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program,” said undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment, Ellen Lord.We want to have a process that is not disruptive to the program and allows the Turks to wind down their activities, as well,” Lord added on Friday.The Trump administration has also made clear that Turkey would remain eligible to purchase the fighter jets if it reversed plans to purchase technology from Russia.“None of the steps we are taking are irreversible,” Lord said Friday. “If Turkey chooses to forgo delivery of the S-400, we look forward to restoring normal program activity.”



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