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Ankara took delivery of two batteries of the S-400 last year, saying that the systems would be operational in April 2020. The contract with Moscow caused a diplomatic row with Turkey’s longtime NATO ally, Washington. The US argued that the purchase of Russian-made weapons undermines the alliance and attempted to pressure Ankara into scrapping the deal. When Turkey refused, the US removed the nation from its F-35 program and canceled the planned shipment of fighter jets to the country.
Defending the arms deal with Russia, Turkey insisted that it serves its national interests and that Ankara is free to choose who to buy weapons from, regardless of foreign pressure.
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