'Russia, Turkey to develop ties despite US sanctions'

Russia, Turkey to develop military ties despite US sanctions: Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) welcoming his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu as they pose for pictures ahead of their meeting in Sochi. Credit: AFP Photo

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday Moscow and Ankara's military cooperation would 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 told reporters following talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow.