Turkish, US top officials discuss Russian S-400 system

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Ferdi Turkten</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton discussed the Russian S-400 air defense system via telephone Tuesday, according to presidential sources.</p> <p>Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have increased recently with Turkey set to begin receiving the surface-to-air missile system that Washington contends will jeopardize Ankara’s role in the F-35 fighter jet program and could trigger American congressional sanctions. </p> <p>Turkey decided in 2017 to purchase the S-400 system following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the U.S. with no success.</p> <p>Kalin and Bolton also discussed bilateral relations, a date for U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Turkey, and recent developments in Libya.</p> <p>In early April, Khalifa Haftar, who commands forces loyal to Libya’s eastern government, launched a campaign to capture Tripoli from Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).</p> <p>Libya has remained beset by turmoil since long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a bloody NATO-backed uprising in 2011. </p> <p>Since then, the country has seen the emergence of two rival seats of power: one in eastern Libya, to which Haftar is affiliated, and the other, the GNA, in Tripoli.</p> <p>* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev</p> <p>