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Turkey rejects ultimatums, says will not back down on Russian S-400s

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Turkey rejects ultimatums, says will not back down on Russian S-400s
FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Riga, Latvia May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins   -   Copyright  INTS KALNINS(Reuters)
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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will not back down from its decision to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems and rejects any ultimatums on the issue, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday in response to U.S. warnings about the purchase.

Cavusoglu was responding to a question about a letter in which U.S. acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan warned Turkey that it would be pulled out of the F-35 fighter jet programme unless Ankara changed course from its plans to install the S-400s.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer)

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