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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey was continuing to make payments under its deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 missile defence systems and the United States had not presented the same terms when it offered to sell Patriot missiles.

As much as the State Department's read-out might have offended Turkish officials with its threat of military action, a more serious statement was made by Vice President Mike Pence, raising a question over Turkey's continued involvement in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Speaking at a forum earlier in the day, Cavusoglu said bluntly when asked if he thought the United States had a clear policy in Syria: "No, and this is the problem".

"Turkey must choose", Pence said.

"There is no evidence that Russian Federation allegedly violated the INF Treaty and we were not presented with such despite our persistent appeals to the United States to provide facts", TASS news agency quoted Grushko as saying.

Despite the rising tensions, the United States continues to proceed with Turkish training on the F-35 in hopes that Ankara may come around on the S-400.

US officials in recent days have slammed Germany over its defense spending.

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"Our alliance naturally requires that such statements are prepared with greater care, while avoiding to include matters that were not raised during meetings", he said. "NATO may be a security alliance, but above all it's an alliance of values, and it has a political function".

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (2nd L) listens to President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Cabinet Room at the White House, April 2, 2019.

The United States has done all of that and more - well more than our fair share.

"Many of these seem to be related to requirements from the Chinese intelligence community pressuring companies to exfiltrate information about domestic users", the report said, citing the example of Xiongmai, a Chinese security camera maker that was using Huawei code to allow unauthorized access to millions of cameras.

While Pence said that "the alliance at 70 has never been stronger", that did not stop him from criticizing both countries for being poor allies. He says he remains interested in getting the Patriot missile system, but insists the S-400 deal with Russian Federation is done and Turkey is not turning back.

"Should Turkey procure the S-400", acting chief Pentagon spokesperson Charles Summers says in his announcement suspending deliveries to stand-up the program in Turkey, "their continued participation in the F-35 program is at risk". "Turkey is one of the partners of the F-35 program and fulfills its obligations in this regard", said the official.

But on Tuesday the acting U.S. defense secretary, Pat Shanahan, predicted confidently that Turkey would reverse its decision to purchase an advanced Russian missile defense system.

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