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Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal

Aykan Erdemir
12th September 2017 - Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France Presse

Turkey has signed a deal for its first major weapons purchase from Moscow to buy S-400 missile defence systems, both sides announced Tuesday, in an accord that could trouble Ankara's NATO allies.

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Aykan Erdemir, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the accord will hasten Ankara's "drift from the transatlantic alliance and values".

The purchase "is more about signalling resentment against the West than serving Turkey's pressing security needs," he told AFP.

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military-affairs, russia, turkey