Pompeo expresses disappointment on Turkey's acquisition of Russian missiles

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the hemispheric anti-terrorism summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina July 19, 2019. Natacha Pisarenko/Pool via REUTERS

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SULAIMANI — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Turkey’s Foreign Minister on Saturday (July 20) and expressed disappointment over the country’s acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile system, the US State Department said in a statement.

Washington had opposed Turkey’s purchase of the Russian missile defense system and threatened to impose sanctions. Since then, President Donald Trump has been unclear over whether his administration was planning such an action, according to Reuters.

Several Republican and Democratic US lawmakers on Thursday pressed Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey over the purchase.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)