Ankara concludes deal with Moscow over S-400 missile defense system

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that his country will continue to take its own security measures, refuting western concerns over the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member's deal with Russian Federation to procure an S-400 missile defense system.

"They went insane just because we made the S-400 deal". "We are taking and will take all our measures on the security front". Should we wait for you?

Some media reports have said the deal could be worth up to $US2.5 billion.

Before gravitating towards Russian Federation, the Turkish military walked out of a $3.4 billion contract for a similar Chinese system.

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets including ballistic and cruise missiles.

He said Turkey would continue to take "important steps" to ensure its security. It is believed that a measure of transfer-of-technology will be involved, though to what extent is not known, though Bloomberg reported that two of the S-400 systems would be "produced" in Turkey.

During his speech, Erdogan said his country had to go for the Russian missile system after Western companies failed to offer "financially effective" alternatives. And we'll be manufacturing other, better things.

Erdogan remained defiant, making it clear on Tuesday that "nobody has the right to discuss the Turkish republic's independence principles or independent decisions about its defense industry".

Turkey's relations with Washington have deteriorated due to the cooperation between Washington and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

The Turkish president has also slammed American officials for rejecting his requests to hand over Fetullah Gulen, a powerful opposition figure living in the US.

Later, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany would only restrict some arms sales to Turkey, softening the earlier announcement of a freeze on major arms sales, Reuters reported.

"The acquisition of military equipment by Turkey is its sovereign choice, which the members of the Alliance [NATO] should not comment on", Romatet-Espagne told a briefing.

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