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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