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Turkey Won't Bow to US Pressure and Will Buy Second Regiment of S-400s, Russian Official Says

© AP Photo / Turkish Defence MinistryIn this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, a truck carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, exits a Russian transport aircraft after landing at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey.
In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, a truck carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, exits a Russian transport aircraft after landing at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey. - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.03.2021
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Earlier, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey needs more air defence systems and is well within its rights to acquire them from various sources.

The head of the Russian Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service expressed the belief on Friday that Turkey would not cave in to the pressure of the US, which keeps warning it against further purchases of Russian S-400 missile systems.

"They oppose supplies to any country in every possible way. In particular, they have problems with Turkey, we are all aware of it. Thanks God, our Turkish partners remain firm and understand that this is a matter of their national security. I believe we will move on," defence cooperation agency chief Dmitry Shugayev said.

In January, Turkey expressed readiness to buy a second package of Russia’s S-400 systems on condition of technology transfer.

Turkey's purchase of the seminal Russian air-defence systems became a flashpoint of tension in the US-Turkish relationship since July 2019. Washington demanded that Ankara refuse the deal and purchase American Patriot systems instead, threatening to cancel F-35 deliveries. Ankara has so far resisted, even in the face of sanctions on its defence sector, imposed in December 2020.

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