Turkey says it may renege on its S-400 air missile defense contract with Russia

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October 9, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the daily Aksam in an interview that his country may drop its S-400 air missile defense system purchase contract with Russia if no agreement for a joint production is made.

“We have heard no official refusal on that score. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin told us we may take steps for joint production. Know-how will be crucial. If Russia’s attitude is negative, we may clinch a deal with another country,” he said.

“We must purchase them (S-400) urgently, because we need them. We’ve got to protect our airspace. But if some anti-Russia-minded countries do not want Turkey to purchase S-400 from it, then they must provide their alternative,” Cavusoglu said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on September 12 that Ankara had put a deposit for the S-400 after an agreement was signed.

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