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Aide: Trump to confront Turkey about buying Russian defense system

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stands during a ceremony commemorating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on the 81st anniversary of his death at his mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.

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By DEB RIECHMANN | Associated Press | Published: November 10, 2019

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says Trump will confront Turkey’s leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet Wednesday at the White House.

Robert O’Brien told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the U.S. is “very upset” about Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 system.

O’Brien said if the NATO ally doesn’t get rid of that system, Turkey likely will face U.S. sanctions. He said that’s a message Trump will deliver to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The U.S. says the S-400 is not compatible with NATO forces, could compromise the F-35 fighter jet program and could aid Russian intelligence. The Trump administration removed Turkey from the F-35 program in July.

Trump is to meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday.

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