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Turkish foreign minister discusses defense, Syria with Pompeo

Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 system has infuriated the United States, its NATO ally, which has responded by removing Turkey from the F-35 stealth fighter jet program.

FILE: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu delivers a speech during his visit to his country's hall at the Internationale Tourismus-Boerse (ITB) international travel trade show in Berlin on 8 March 2017. Picture: AFP.

ISTANBUL - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has discussed by telephone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the Russian S-400 missile defense system and the US F-35 fighter jet program, a foreign ministry source said on Saturday.

The source did not say when the conversation took place. Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 system has infuriated the United States, its NATO ally, which has responded by removing Turkey from the F-35 stealth fighter jet program.

In their call, Cavusoglu and Pompeo also discussed the situation in Syria, the source said.