TURKEY has ignored the ultimatum issued by the US over a deal with Russia, further stirring tensions between Ankara and Washington.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to ditch the agreement struck with Moscow over the purchasing of S-400 air defence systems. Washington told Turkey in September 2018 the precondition for buying American-made Patriot air defence systems was refusing to buy Moscow’s S400s. But in a clear snub to the US, Turkey announced the deal has been finalised.
Ankara’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a televised interview: "The S-400 deal has already been finalised.
“We can agree with the US on the Patriot system, but not if there will be a condition to abandon the S-400s.”
Mr Cavusoglu added that Ankara had received the proposal from the US to buy its weapons and would consider the terms.
But warned Washington against attempting to meddle in Ankara's relationship with Moscow.
Mr Erdogan had already been adamant on Turkey’s position over the American ultimatum after it has been issued.
Speaking at the Turkey-Kyrgyzstan Business Forum in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, the Turkish president said: “We have made S-400 deal with Russia.
The then-US Defence Secretary James Mattis warned Ankara this agreement, worth £1.9m ($2.5m) was a cause of worry for Washington, with Turkey being a NATO member.