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US Secretary of State Urges Turkish Foreign Minister Not to Retain Russian S-400 Systems

© AP Photo / Turkish Defence MinistryIn this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, a truck carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, exits a Russian transport aircraft after landing at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey.
In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, a truck carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, exits a Russian transport aircraft after landing at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.02.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed on Monday by phone with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu the issue of Turkey's purchase of Russian air defence systems S-400 and urged not to retain these systems, the State Department said on Monday.

"Secretary Blinken urged Turkey not to retain the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system," the statement says.

Blinken and Cavusoglu also discussed the deaths of Turkish hostages in northern Iraq, the state department said.

"The Secretary expressed condolences for the deaths of Turkish hostages in northern Iraq and affirmed our view that PKK terrorists bear responsibility," it said.

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