"In fact, there is not a lot of countries that act independently. Russia and Turkey are among such countries. The pressure that is being applied is unprecedented. We welcome this… a rather rigid and uncompromising position taken by [Turkish] President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan", Peskov said in the "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" program aired by the Rossiya-1 TV channel.
The statement comes after Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko slammed earlier in April Washington for applying pressure on Ankara over the S-400 purchase, stressing that the United States was using any possible way to influence its partners. The minister has commented the recent move of the US when they halted the delivery of equipment related to the F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey.
Last month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the agreement to purchase Russian S-400 air defence systems was a "done deal".
In December 2017, Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement for the delivery of S-400 air defence systems to Ankara.