February 26, 2019 / 8:53 PM / 3 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan hopes United States approach to Turkey's S-400 purchase will change

FILE PHOTO: Russian S-400 missile air defence systems on display during a parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he hoped the United States’ approach towards Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system would change and there was no turning back from the deal with Russia.

U.S. and NATO officials have told Ankara that the Russian system cannot be integrated into the NATO air and missile defence system and that purchasing the S-400 system would jeopardise Turkey’s purchase of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and possibly result in U.S. sanctions.

“Relevant institutions are conducting necessary talks right now. They will continue to do so. They will also speak to Congress. I hope that this wrong approach (of the U.S.) will change,” Erdogan told Turkish broadcaster NTV.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Sarah Dadouch; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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