US pressures Turkey over independent policy: Lavrov

US pressures Turkey over independent policy: Lavrov

Russia’s foreign minister on April 12 criticized the U.S. putting pressure on Turkey over its decision to buy a Russian S-400 missile defense system.

Speaking at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. uses methods of power pressure to make countries fall in line with its policy.

Washington uses pressure not only against “countries who pursue independent policies” but also against “its closest allies,” he said, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“The situation with threats against NATO member Turkey for Ankara’s decision to strengthen its defense capacity by purchasing Russian S-400s is an example, there are many others,” he added.

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