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Leonid Slutsky: “The proposal of the senator to buy S-400 from Turkey, supposedly to resolve the contradictions between Ankara and Washington, is unprincipled, cynical, and unlikely to be possible”

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:

“The proposal of Republican Senator John Thune to buy S-400 from Turkey, supposedly to resolve the contradictions between Ankara and Washington, is unprincipled, cynical, but, I hope, it is unlikely to be possible and accepted by the Turkish side.

The purpose of S-400 purchases for Turkey was, among other things, to control airspace with the help of Russian air defense systems to ensure national security and sovereignty. I doubt that Ankara will abandon these goals for the sake of imaginary benefits. Moreover, even US sanctions did not force the Turkish leadership to break the agreement.

And this is far from the last factor: I think that Turkey is also aware that even a hypothetical discussion of such re-export can complicate bilateral relations with Russia and undermine trust in the framework of strategic partnership.”

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