Ankara earlier proposed a joint working group on sanctions that target Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) and experts from both countries have kickstarted negotiations, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has said Moscow plans to further military cooperation with Turkey. He was speaking at a press conference in Sochi with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who announced plans for $100B in mutual trade.
Turkey's president said his country has no prejudice, hostility or animosity toward anyone and looks forward to building on well-established relations with US.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says Ankara bought Russian missile systems to bolster country's security, arguing US sanctions over the deal were not befitting to ties of both NATO allies.
Turkey has a number of options but a lot will depend on how the Turkey-Biden relationship kicks off.
The Turkish lira held strong against US imposed sanctions on Turkey's defence industry, while the country's benchmark stock index reached a record high.
The United State’s threatened sanctions on Turkey and its previous exclusion from the F-35 program are rooted in undeclared motives, and the inability to admit that the Patriot missile system is not what it’s claimed to be.
Ankara has repeatedly said S-400 defence missiles will not affect NATO systems. Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan have all criticised "unfair" US sanctions on Turkey.
Turkish presidential spokesman said that US President-elect Biden "knows Turkey," including its political actors and landscape.
NATO’s official position on Turkey’s S400 is one of respect for its sovereign defence choices, but NATO members have expressed different reservations that sometimes overlook similar Russian defence purchases of their own.
Pentagon says that it is "deeply concerned" with reports that Turkey is bringing it into operation the S-400 missile defence system that it had purchased from Russia.
Turkey had procured the S-400 missile defence systems from Russia after talks with the US on its American Patriot defence systems had broken down.
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