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Erdogan: U.S. will not impose sanctions against Turkey for purchase of Russian S-400

Turkish leader said that he had discussed this issue with U.S. President Donald Trump
19:48, 29 June 2019
AFP
The United States of America will not impose sanctions against Turkey for the acquisition of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports Anadolu.

He stated that this issue was discussed during his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"During the meeting with the U.S. president, we discussed the issue of sanctions. Trump said that this would not happen," Erdogan said.

He noted that the contract with Russia is at the delivery stage and therefore cannot be broken.

Earlier, the United States announced a possible termination of military cooperation with Turkey, if Ankara does not refuse to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems. In particular, Commander-In-Chief of the US Forces in Europe and the combined NATO forces in Europe said the United States could refuse to supply F-35 fighters to Turkey.
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In April, it was reported that the United States decided to stop supplying Turkey with spare parts for F-35 fighters as Ankara plans to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system.

The United States has repeatedly warned Turkey that the Russian S-400 system, which Ankara intends to acquire, will jeopardize the safety of the F-35 aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Ankara, which is a partner in the creation of the stealth aircraft, said it would not take this step.

In December 2017, Ankara announced the conclusion of a contract with Russia on the purchase of two S-400 air defense missile systems at the beginning of 2020. Five months later it became known that the Russian Federation began the production of systems for Turkey. In Febuary 2019, the head of the Turkish defense industry department Ismail Demir said that deliveries of two S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems would begin in July 2019. Turkey plans to put them into service by October 2019.
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