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Turkey keen to deepen ties with Russia, from submarines to space

Amid tensions with Biden, Erdogan defends missile deal after talks with Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, visits Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Sept. 29. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he discussed cooperation with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on military and civilian projects -- including new nuclear plants, submarines and the space program -- and vows to press ahead with a missile defense system deal that has resulted in U.S. sanctions.

There will be "no step back" from the purchase of Russian-made S-400 missiles, Erdogan told Turkish reporters Wednesday on a flight back from the Russian city of Sochi, where he met with Putin.

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