Pompeo: Ankara could face sanctions if will buy Russian s-400

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As reported, Pompeo reminded the Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey, mevlüt Cavusoglu that the s-400 system, radars and missile batteries will not be integrated with the forces of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Ankara.

Cavusoglu's remarks came after Pompeo raised serious concerns about Ankara's purchase of the S-400 batteries, and after Washington's envoy to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, threatened Turkey with "serious consequences" earlier in the week for the Russian deal.

Just hours after being sworn in, Pompeo flew to Brussels where the alliance's foreign ministers are meeting to prepare a leaders' summit in July, ABC News reported. And for me, that's a great expression of the importance of the alliance and the importance you attach to that - to the alliance.

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Earlier in the week, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson said Turkey purchasing the missile defense system from Russian Federation is worrying for her country and added that there would be "serious consequences".

But Pompeo brought a second, tougher message on the need for other member states to increase their military spending and thus reduce the burden placed on the alliance s biggest member. "People saying we want peace, we now are beginning to see that there can be something different in Afghanistan", U.S. NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison told The Associated Press.

Read alsoHead of NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel: We are heading to make Ukrainian defense forces capable and credible enough to deter any potential aggressionHe said he was careful to describe consensus "when there were lots of different voices about how to approach it and what the right actions there ought to be to achieve it". That coordination was started by Pompeo's predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who was sacked by Trump last month, and had languished in the absence of a new secretary of state.

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Luxembourg s veteran Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told AFP Pompeo had got his point across without causing upset.

"It was clearly stated during my visit in Ankara that there is now close contact between the United States and Turkey on how to move forward in a way which is as coordinated as possible to avoid any unnecessary problems in northern Syria", Stoltenberg said referring to his visit to the capital on April 16. The mission will have "several hundred personnel", Stoltenberg noted. The Senate confirmed his nomination to become secretary of state on Thursday, paving the way for him to embark on a trip that will include stops in Brussels, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan.

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