Pompeo ‘disappointed’ over Turkey’s Russian missile system acquisition

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - US Ministerial Meeting in Singapore on August 3, 2018. Leaders, ministers and representatives are meeting in the city-state from August 1 to 4 for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM). / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Turkey’s Foreign Minister on Saturday and expressed disappointment over the country’s acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile system, Reuters reported, citing a US State Department statement. 

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

Several Republican and Democratic US lawmakers on Thursday pressed Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey over the purchase, and Turkey was removed last week from the F-35 fighter jet program.

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