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>> Turkey and Russia are in cooperation and solidarity in security matters.>> Turkish President Tyyip Erdogan telling Reuters, he'll deploy troops in Northern Syria as part of a deal with Russia, to establish deescalation zones in the war-torn country. Even as relations with Vladimir Putin get testier for the US and NATO, Turkey's longtime allies.
>> Outside the borders of
], the Russians are maintaining security, and inside, Turkey is maintaining security.>> Erdogan also defending Turkey's decision to make other deals with Russia, including buying missiles, at the risk of rankling NATO. Reuters editor in chief Steven Adler took part in the interview.>> I think it was very important that he was saying that despite Turkey's alliance with the United States.
And despite the importance of NATO, that Turkey had to find friends and allies elsewhere. That some of them that are Iran and Russia were both neighbors, were important strategic partners. And when NATO refused to provide arms that Turkey was asking for, Turkey felt it had an obligation to go to Russia, and I think he was very firm about that.
>> Erdogan expressing frustration that the US continues to shelter exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen. Whom he blames for orchestrating the military coup in July 2016.>> This is something that we need to be sensitive about, we've always said that whenever United States demanded the extradition of terrorists, we would always go ahead and do that.
>> Ergodan also warned against any US decision to arm the Kurdish militias battling the Syrian government. Whom he views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, who the Turkish government has battled for decades in southern Turkey. And while Ergodan said he hopes relations between Turkey and Germany can improve with time, Adler says he also seemed frustrated with NATO as a whole.
>> I thought Erdogan seemed both confident and in some cases kinda angry. I think he's feeling strong in his position, but I also think he's angry that the world hasn't given him enough credit for how he's responded for the coup, that perhaps it hasn't taken it as seriously as it should.
And I think he's quite resentful that NATO hasn't provided the arms he's asked for, that US hasn't responded to some of his concerns.>> He's become a friend of mine.>> Later Thursday, President Donald Trump praising Erdogan's relationship at their bilateral meeting, suggesting that, for now, all is well.