Russia and China on Tuesday delayed a U.S. request for a U.N. Security Council sanctions committee to demand an immediate halt to deliveries of refined petroleum to North Korea over accusations Pyongyang violated a U.N. cap, diplomats said.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey would take delivery of a Russian S-400 missile defense system "very soon" after telling Russian President Vladimir Putin there was "no turning back" on the deal, which has strained ties with Washington.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to Russia and Turkey to stabilize the situation in Syria's last rebel-held territory in the Idlib province area, where Bashar Assad's forces have launched an offensive "without delay."
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary
Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar are in
contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence
system, and may meet during NATO meetings in Brussels next week,
NATO's commander said.
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