March 14, 2019 / 7:58 PM / a year ago

Erdogan says Turkey can't quit S-400 missile deal with Russia

FILE PHOTO: Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - It is not possible for Turkey to back out of a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

He made the comment in an interview with private broadcaster Haberturk. Asked whether it is possible for Turkey to buy the S-400s but not activate them, Erdogan said that was not possible.

Washington has warned that procuring the S-400 systems from Russia could jeopardise defence industry deals between the NATO allies.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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