Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey «remains, or it should be» the most reliable partner of the United States in the Middle East, while also reiterating Ankara's commitment to the ceasefire deal. Erdogan made the remarks following a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC on Wednesday.
«Turkey remains, or it should be, the most reliable partner of... Еще the United States in this region to achieve these targets. We are the only NATO ally, as Turkey, who has fought Daesh in a very resolved fashion,» said Erdogan.
«And we have clearly stated to President Trump that under suitable circumstances we could acquire Patriot missiles as well. As Turkey, we are ready and committed to sustain a very constructive dialogue with the United States' Congress, and this is an idea I share with President Trump as well,» he added.
The Turkish leader also that his country could acquire Patriot missiles «under suitable circumstances.»
Trump said, «We've assured each other that Turkey will continue to uphold what it's supposed to uphold. I'm a big fan of the president, to tell you that.»
«Turkey has the second largest armed forces in NATO after the United States. And they are a very strong second, I might add. And I'm pleased that Turkey has been steadily increasing its defence spending and it's very close to the 2% of the GDP range, unlike many of the other countries,» he added.