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17 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Turkey to use Russian S-400 defence system

AFP, Istanbul
Turkey to use Russian S-400 defence system
Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system. AFP Photo

Turkey will use the S-400 missile defence system it has bought from Russia despite the US threat of sanctions, a senior defence official said yesterday. The purchase of the Russian system and its subsequent delivery of the system in July has been a major source of friction between two NATO allies Turkey and the United States.

Last month the US said Turkey would be spared sanctions under a 2017 law if the S-400 system is not turned on. “It is not a correct approach to say ‘we will not use for someone else’s sake’ a system we had purchased out of our need and we paid that amount of money,” Ismail Demir, the head of the Defence Industry Directorate, a government body, told private CNN Turk broadcaster.

“We will do our duty and (the system) will become usable. How it will be used is a decision to be made later,” he said.

“We should respect the agreement we signed and that’s what suits us as a country.”

The issue was raised in talks in Washington this week between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump.

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