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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey was continuing to make payments under its deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 missile defense systems and the United States had not presented the same terms when it offered to sell the rival Patriot missile system.

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"We could all benefit if we could develop joint approaches with the U.S.", said Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the Munich Security Conference.

On Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an address to the U.S. Congress that Russian Federation has violated the INF treaty by deploying mobile, hard-to-detect nuclear-capable missiles in Europe.

The S-400 "Triumf" is one of the most sophisticated surface-to-air missile systems in the world.

"The Trump administration is threatening to stop delivery to Turkey of the newest US fighter jet, the F-35, if the S-400 purchase is completed".

"I am very confident in the Patriot proposal that we've delivered to Turkey, its availability, it's pricing, and very importantly, the industrial participation that comes along with the Patriot system", Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said this week.

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But Erdogan said although Ankara was keen to buy the US-produced missiles, "America was unfortunately not giving Patriots to us on the same terms" as Russian Federation.

The Pentagon has firmly rejected Turkey's offer to create a bilateral working group that would ensure that no military secrets of the U.S. are compromised once Ankara deploys the Russian S-400 air defense systems.

"Turkey must choose", Pence said Wednesday. "Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance in history, or does it want to risk the security of that partnership by making reckless decisions that undermine our alliance?"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said China is an emerging power, economically and militarily, and despite intelligence concerns, sees a "potential partnership between the two militaries", during an exclusive interview on FOX Business.

"It is as important for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as it is for us", State Department Director of Policy Planning Kiron Skinner told reporters this week. This week, Washington announced it was halting deliveries of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey until Ankara walked back on its deal with Moscow. The U-S vice president said it is deeply troubling that Turkey is moving ahead with the plan, even after Washington offered it the Patriot missile system.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay responded on Twitter to Pence's ultimatum: "The United States must choose".

Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey remain in talks over the delivery date for S-400 parts, originally slated for May. Senior US politicians said they cautioned Mr Cavusoglu that deepening ties with Moscow "will risk sanctions and Turkey's involvement in the F-35 programme".


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