US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Nov. 20 met in Brussels and discussed bilateral security and defense issues. "Productive conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu today in Brussels. We’re committed to overcoming challenges and strengthening our bilateral relations," Pompeo said following his meeting with his Turkish counterpart.
European Parliament President David Maria Sassoli released a statement on Nov. 20 listing the issues that he said he had discussed with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during their meeting in Brussels. Çavuşoğlu however reacted against Sassoli's statement, accusing him of sharing the content of their meeting in a "distorted" way.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Nov. 20 that Ankara had assured Moscow that it did not plan to launch a new military operation in Syria despite earlier comments, the TASS news agency reported. Lavrov added that the withdrawal of YPG militants in northern Syria was almost complete.
ISIS has exploited Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagon’s Inspector General, adding that the militant group will likely have the “time and space” to target the West.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he conveyed to U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey would not be abandoning the Russian S-400 missile defense system. "We repeated our request for the Patriot system from the U.S.," he added.
Russian Defense Ministry said on Nov. 19 it was "bewildered" by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu's remarks criticizing Moscow for "not fulfilling the agreement" signed with Ankara on northern Syria. Çavuşoğlu said on Nov. 18 that Turkey would launch a new offensive in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of the YPG militia.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it has imposed sanctions on three Turkey-based companies and two Turkish individuals for supporting ISIS. According to the Treasury, Turkey-based Sahloul Money Exchange Company, Al-Sultan Money Transfer Company and ACL İthalat İhracat were targeted for providing financial and logistical support to ISIS, as were Turkish nationals İsmail Bayaltun and his brother Ahmet Bayaltun.
Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Director Dmitry Shugaev has said that the S-400 missile defense system will be on combat duty by spring, adding that Moscow will provide technical assistance to Turkey in developing a 5th generation fighter jet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Ankara in the first half of January, İbrahim Kalın, a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said. Kalın said Putin and Erdoğan will discuss energy issues including the TurkStream natural gas pipeline.
Republican Senator Jim Risch has said "it's best we don't pass a sanctions bill at this moment," following a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The senator, who previously introduced legislation that would impose sanctions on Ankara, also said that Erdoğan should not go ahead with the S-400 purchase.
President Erdoğan has ruled out removing the Russian made S-400 missile defense systems, citing Ankara's strategic relationship with Moscow and Turkey's national interests and sovereign rights. "We can't leave the S-400s completely and lean towards the Patriots in such a case," Erdoğan told journalists on the presidential plane.
U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Turkish pro-Erdoğan journalist Hilal Kaplan whether she is sure that she's a reporter, following her question regarding Trump's relationship with SDF leader Mazloum Abdi. "You sure you're a reporter? You don't work for Turkey with that question?" Trump asked Kaplan.
Republican Senator, one of the harshest critics of Turkey's incursion into northern Syria, has slammed a video shown by President Erdoğan during a White House meeting, saying that it amounts to "propaganda." “I acknowledge you got a legitimate national security concern about armed elements on your border. But do you want me to get the Kurds to play a video about what your forces have done?” Graham told Erdoğan.
Senator Mitch McConnell has urged the U.S. not to "turn a cold shoulder to Turkey" and work with its NATO ally. "Turning a cold shoulder all together would be a major strategic mistake and would jeopardize our national security and our interests,” McConnell said.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Nov. 13 that Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile defense system had created a "very serious challenge" for the U.S. Turkish President Erdoğan said the two countries could only overcome their dispute on the S-400s and F-35s through dialogue.