Turkey Buying Russian S-400 Missile Systems, Erdogan Says

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

"Wait for you? We are taking our security measures and will continue to do so", Erdogan said during a meeting with mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara. "This is a missile defense system that is going to be hosted by the Turkish air force, and the Turkish air force has no experience of anti-missile systems, therefore it is going to come with a significant number of Russian advisers, trainers, and operators and so on".

"A deposit has also been paid as far as I know", Erdogan told reporters upon his arrival from Kazakhstan on Sunday, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper reported.

France considers it inappropriate to comment on the contract between Moscow and Ankara on deliveries of Russia's S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, as it was a decision made by the country alone, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said on Wednesday.

Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russian Federation to buy the S-400 anti-ballistic missile system in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, a media report said on Tuesday. The deal is said to be worth around $2.5 billion.

President Vladimir Putin's military advisor, Vladimir Kozhin confirmed the conclusion of the deal, TASS reports. Ankara considers YPG as linked to the Kurdish PKK group. The Pentagon has already expressed its dissatisfaction with the arms deal.

"They have gone mad because we signed an S-400 deal there". Russian officials have said that its S-400 system has a range of 248 miles and can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one.

The S-400 system is an advanced Russian missile system created to detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as 402 kilometers away.

The country had to rely on Patriot batteries provided by its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Germany, the Netherlands and Spain during the conflict, which were withdrawn in 2015.

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