Erdogan: Turkey Could Buy More Russian S-400s Despite U.S. Warnings

Erdogan: Turkey Could Buy More Russian S-400s Despite U.S. Warnings

Andrew H. Sweet

In an interview with CBS News, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would independently make decisions on its defense systems.

Erdogan explained that Turkey was not given the option to buy American-made Patriot missiles, and the U.S. had not delivered F-35 stealth jets despite receiving a payment of $1.4bn.

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

Last year, the U.S. sanctioned Turkey for its purchase under a 2017 law to push back Russian influence. The move was the first time the law – called the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) – was used to penalize an American ally.

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