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‘Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara and Moscow have “agreed in principle” on a deal for the purchase of the advanced Russian-made S-400 long-range air missile defense system.

“We agreed in principle with Russia on S-400 purchases. The negotiations on joint production and prices are underway,” Cavusoglu told the Haberturk newspaper on Friday.

Turkey will purchase the missile system in a bid to “to strengthen its air defense capabilities,” he said.

Referring to Ankara’s potential option to buy air defense systems from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), of which Turkey is a member, Cavusoglu stressed that his country “would like to buy them from NATO, but they have not demonstrated movement in this direction.”’

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