Russia, Turkey to develop military ties despite US sanctions – Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow and Ankara’s military cooperation will not be deterred by the United States imposing sanctions on Turkey earlier this month for acquiring a Russian missile defense system.

“We have confirmed our mutual intention to develop military ties with Turkey” despite “Washington’s illegitimate pressure,” Lavrov tells reporters following talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow.