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Over 60 percent of Turks back Erdoğan’s Russian missile purchase: poll

Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 22, 2017 during the first day of the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2017. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV

A total of 62.8 percent of the public backs Turkey’s purchase of a Russian S-400 air defense system even though it has led to a crisis with Washington, according to a recent survey conducted on 9,000 people by the Areda polling company.

While 15.3 percent say Ankara must withdraw from the purchase, 21.9 percent say they have no opinion on the issue.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday repeated that the purchase of the Russian missiles was a “done deal.”

However, Washington recently conveyed a strong message to its NATO ally threatening economic sanctions over the S-400 purchase.

The US has also made moves to gradually cut Turkey out of the partnership of F-35 stealth jet production.

The S-400 missiles are expected to be installed in Turkey in July.

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