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Turkey Would Not Return to the Missile Defense Agreement with Russia: Erdogan

ANKARA – Turkey will not give up its agreement to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that Ankara could later consider buying S-500 systems, Reuters reported Thursday.
Turkey, a NATO member, has repeatedly stated that it is determined to buy the Russian missile defense system, despite warnings from the United States that the S-400 could not be part of NATO’s defense system.
The US State Department said on Tuesday that Washington had told Turkey that if it purchased the S-400 systems, the US would have to re-evaluate Ankara’s participation in the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter program.
In an interview with broadcaster Kanal 24, Erdogan said it would be “immoral” for Turkey to reverse its agreement with Russia.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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