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Turkey could buy more Russian missiles, in defiance of US warnings

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ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president has said that he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the United States.

In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would have to decide its defense systems on its own.

Speaking to correspondent Margaret Brennan in New York this past week, Erdogan explained that Turkey wasn’t given the option to buy American-made Patriot missiles, and that the US hadn’t delivered on an order of F-35 stealth jets, despite a payment of $1.4 billion.

Erdogan’s comments came in excerpts released in advance of the full interview being broadcast on Sunday.

NATO member Turkey was kicked out of the F-35 program and defense officials were sanctioned, after it bought the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system.

The US strongly objects to the use of Russian systems within NATO and says that it........

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