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Turkey: Erdogan says Ankara won’t backtrack on S400 purchase

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would not give in to pressure to cancel its purchase of Russian S-400 air defence missiles, during a speech at the parliament in Ankara on Tuesday.

“Turkey is not in the position to discuss, negotiate or obey to the pressures of other countries on its national security matters. The S400 issue is directly related to our sovereignty rights and we will not step back on that matter,” Erdogan said after stating that Ankara would receive the S400 defence systems “in the next month.”

Washington has warned Turkey against buying Russian missiles and announced on June 10 that they halted the training of Turkish pilots on F-35 fighters at an airbase in Arizona. The US have also threatened to block Ankara from purchasing said F-35 fighter jets.

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