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U.S. VP Pence warns Turkey against buying Russian air defences

U.S. VP Pence warns Turkey against buying Russian air defences
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria   -   Copyright  Carlos Barria(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned Turkey on Wednesday against buying a Russian S-400 anti-missile system, keeping up the pressure on its NATO ally to abandon the purchase that Washington considers a threat to U.S. military equipment.

“Turkey must choose. Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance in history or does it want to risk the security of that partnership by making such reckless decisions that undermine our alliance?” Pence said in remarks at a NATO event in Washington.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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