Turkey doubles down on Russia defense support

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Turkey has warned that it could buy jets and additional air defense systems from Russia if it cannot get Patriot missile shields and F-35 jets from Washington, raising the prospect of ever deeper defense ties between Moscow and a NATO member.

Washington has offered Ankara both carrot and stick in response, proposing to sell it the Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) Patriot systems instead of the S-400s, while at the same time warning of sanctions and a halt in Lockheed (NYSE:LMT) F35 fighter jet sales if the Russian deal goes ahead.

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