Turkey and the United States, NATO allies, have been at odds over Ankara's decision to purchase the S-400s, with Washington warning of US sanctions if the delivery took place. Turkey has dismissed the warnings, saying it would not back down.
Before meeting Trump, Erdogan held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterated his stand on the S-400 deal, saying that there were no setbacks in it, adding that "eyes are on the delivery process", expected in the first half of July.
Washington is concerned about Turkey's decision to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, which are not compatible with NATO defences. It has offered US Patriot missiles instead, with an early June deadline for Ankara to decide. The S-400s are due to be delivered in July.
The United States and Turkey have been at loggerheads over Ankara's decision to purchase the S-400s, which are not compatible with NATO systems. Washington has warned that going forward with the deal could result in US sanctions.
The S-400 deal was inked by India with Russia in October last year to procure a batch of the missile systems at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. India went ahead to seal the deal despite sanction warnings from the US.
General Rawat made these remarks during his keynote address at the General K V Krishna Rao inaugural memorial lecture, which was delivered by retired diplomat G Parthasarathy on ‘India’s Security & Foreign Policy Challenges’.