US Threats Over Defense Deals Including S-400 Purchase Unacceptable - Turkish FM
19:53 04.06.2018(updated 20:20 04.06.2018) Get short URL
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that he had discussed the supply of S-400 systems and F-35 jets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The senior official noted that there would be no delay in the procurement of F-35 jets from the US.
In December 2017, Russian and Turkish representatives inked a loan agreement on the sale of the S-400 systems to Ankara.
According to the Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat, Ankara will buy two batteries of S-400 missiles, which will be manned by Turkish military personnel. Russia also agreed to provide technological know-how for the production of a new generation of Turkish air defense systems.
US and NATO officials have repeatedly criticized Ankara's push to buy Russian S-400 systems.
In May 2017, Ankara and Lockheed Martin clinched an agreement on supplying 116 F-35A fighter jets to Turkey under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program.
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