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Leaders of Russia, Turkey seek to enhance military ties

President of Russia Vladimir Putin has welcomed his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow. The leaders discussed the sale of advanced Russian missiles to Turkey that has riled the U.S.
14:12, 9 April 2019

President of Russia Vladimir Putin and his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Associated Press

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip arrived in Russia for his third visit in 2019, emphasizing the increasingly close cooperation between the countries and Turkey’s readiness to defy the U.S., as Deutsche Welle reported.

“Erdogan's visit comes on the heels of warnings from US Vice President Mike Pence against purchasing Russia's S-400 air defense missile systems. Pence said Turkey was risking its NATO membership and its participation in the F-35 fighter program by failing to heed Washington's demand to cancel the contract with Russia,” the news agency reads.

Recep Tayyip stated Turkey would not submit to pressure over Russia’s deal.

Related: Mike Pence: ‘Turkey must choose’ between NATO and Russia

"We have determined our road map, we have taken steps on the issue of the S-400s. Those who tell us to give up our plans, those who make recommendations do not know us. If we have made a contract, if we have reached a deal, then this business is finished. This is our sovereign right, this is our decision," Erdogan said.

As Putin said, Russia and Turkey must "strengthen cooperation in the military-technical sphere.”

Related: U.S. stops F-35 supplies to Turkey as it purchases Russian S-400

The leaders discussed the construction of the pipeline, which will carry Russia gas to Turkey.

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