ERBIL – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that “nobody” can give Turkey an ultimatum regarding Ankara’s plans to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.
The Turkish FM made the comments following an earlier statement by US acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan in which he said that Washington had given Ankara only two months to abandon the deal with Moscow or it should be prepared for punitive measures.
Pentagon chief’s letter is not going to make any changes to Turkey’s plans on buying the Russian air defense system, Cavusoglu said in a statement on Thursday during a joint press conference with his French counterpart, as reported by Sputnik.
Both Turkey and Russia have already made it clear that the delivery of the S-400 will happen in the upcoming July despite the US’ continuous warnings in this regard.
Shanahan stated that Ankara was notified about a potential ban on the F-35 program if the country buys the S-400.