Erdogan says Turkey will not go back on purchase of Russian S-400s

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Turkey will not go back on the purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia no matter what the United States says, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

He made the comment in an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber.

The United States could soon freeze preparations for delivering F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, officials told Reuters, in what would be the strongest signal yet by Washington that Ankara cannot have both the advanced aircraft and Russia’s S-400 air defense system.

Erdogan also said that Turkey will take the issue of the Golan Heights to the United Nations.

He said US President Donald Trump’s statement on Golan Heights was a “gift” to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the Israeli elections.

Trump moved on Thursday to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war, marking a dramatic shift in US policy.

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