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Ekrem Imamoglu during an electoral campaign in Istanbul on March 28

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in Washington for the 70th anniversary of the Western alliance and a meeting of its foreign ministers, told Reuters in an interview he had spoken several times with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan about the S-400 issue and had discussed it in a meeting with Trump on Tuesday.

Ankara says the S-400 system will help the country to defend itself, as Turkey faces threats from Kurdish rebels and Islamist militants.

Other US officials have stopped short of threatening Turkey's underlying relationship with America or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but there have been growing calls for swift action, including sanctions, against Ankara to stop the S-400 purchase.

"We've taken the fight to radical Islamist terrorists on our terms, on their soil", Pence said. Russian Federation will deliver the first batch of the defence batteries in late 2019.

President Donald Trump speaks with F-35 fighter plane pilot Lt Col Jason Curtis as he tours Luke Air Force Base, where he is for a "Make America Great" rally, in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 19, 2018.

Mr Pompeo also spoke of the challenges faced by Turkey after it purchased a Russian air defence system before demanding Germany and other allies increase their defence spending.

Norfolk, Va., for instance, "is the proud new home of NATO's focus on the future, the Allied Command Transformation Center, which is tasked with assessing the latest global trends and devising the ability to meet and match them", Pence said.

"Turkey must choose", Pence warned on Wednesday, as he strongly criticized its planned S-400 purchase.

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Mr Pence said that the country could also be expelled from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft programme, parts of which are made in Turkey, after the USA halted deliveries of components this week.

"I think the foreign ministers will leave Washington this week reassured of the underlying appreciation of the alliance, the underlying American commitment to the alliance", said Lute.

"We just agreed to continue working together through this task force and also joint working group", Cavusoglu said.

But Erdogan said although Ankara was keen to buy the US-produced missiles, "America was unfortunately not giving Patriots to us on the same terms" as Russian Federation.

As he commented on cooperation with the United States under the F-35 project, Erdogan said his country continued getting the planes as part of the agreements.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay responded on Twitter to Pence's ultimatum: "The United States must choose". He also suggested that USA officials may well be concerned that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might try to compensate for his recent electoral defeats in Istanbul and Ankara by attacking the Kurds. "Turkey is one of the partners of the F-35 program and fulfills its obligations in this regard", said the official.

The United States has done all of that and more - well more than our fair share.

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