During an interview aired on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, The Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was still intending to buy a second batch of missile defence systems from Russia, a move that triggered US sanctions and deepened a rift with Washington.
The Turkish President Erdogan said nobody can interfere with what defence systems Ankara, a NATO ally, would buy, “Nobody can interfere with that. We are the only ones to make such decisions.”
Washington has repeatedly said a 2nd batch of the S-400s would almost certainly trigger fresh US sanction, Tayyip Erdogan also said Joe Biden who has repeatedly said promoting democracy and rights and freedoms worldwide is at the heart of his foreign policy — never in their meetings raised issues with Turkey’s human rights track record.
He also said that Turkey’s relations with the United States were not healthy and that Washington needed to “sort out” issues over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems.
It must be noted that the US imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Defence Industry Directorate, its chief Ismail Demir and three other employees in December following the country’s acquisition of a first batch of S-400s, Talks continued between Russia and Turkey about the delivery of a 2nd batch of missile defence systems, which Washington has repeatedly said would almost certainly trigger new sanctions.
The Turkish President will visit Russia next week to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss issues including the violence in northwestern Syria.
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