February 26, 2020 / 11:37 AM / a month ago

Erdogan says U.S. has not supported Turkey in Syria's Idlib - CNN Turk

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, February 26, 2020. Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States had not yet provided support to Turkey in Syria’s Idlib region and that he would need to speak to U.S. President Donald Trump about the issue again, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters on his return flight from Azerbaijan, Erdogan said that he was told Washington did not have any Patriot defence systems to give Turkey for now.

Erdogan said his proposed summit with the leaders of Germany, Russia and France next week was “uncertain”, but that he would likely meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Istanbul on March 5 to discuss Idlib.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Dominic Evans

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