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Turkey says it will not stop buying Russian defense system

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkey will not abandon its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, a senior aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, two days after talks with US President Donald Trump.

Erdogan and Trump held talks on Wednesday in a bid to overcome growing differences between the two NATO allies, including the threat of sanctions against Ankara over buying the Russian system and policy on Syria.

Washington says the Russian system poses a threat to its F-35 fighters and has suspended Turkey’s participation in the fighter program.

In an interview with TRT News, Erdogan’s aide, Ibrahim Kalin, said US and Turkish officials began working on a mechanism to assess the impact of the S-400 system on F-35s on Friday.

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