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US asks Turkey to ‘choose’ between NATO and Russia |

BERLIN – Turkey’s troubled relations with the United States were thrown into a new crisis days before a Turkish-Russian meeting designed to deepen ties between those two countries.

US officials used unusually blunt language to warn NATO partner Turkey against buying the Russian S-400 missile defence system and against launching a raid into Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara. The United States also stopped the process to deliver F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.

“I think the die is cast,” W. Robert Pearson, a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and a…

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