2 Nov 2017 18:18

Russian-Turkish military-technical cooperation must not be influenced by outside players - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Nov 2 (Interfax) - Military-technical cooperation with Turkey, including on deliveries of S-400 air defense missile systems, is self-sufficient and does not depend on other countries, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"We see our cooperation with Turkey as self-sufficient and independent of third states. We are perfectly aware of the interests, in the good and bad senses of this word, of the various other players. But for us it is important to maintain relations precisely with Turkey, which we do," Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday, when asked whether the U.S. sanctions against Russian defense companies could be aimed at thwarting Moscow and Ankara's military-technical cooperation, including in terms of S-400 systems.

"This area is valuable in and of itself and should not be influenced by any outside players," she said.