Turkish leader says deposit made on Russian defense system

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed concerns within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over his country's decision to purchase Russian-made missile defense systems. "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.

The total value of the deal is believed to be around $2.5 billion.

"Mr. Putin [President Vladimir Putin] and myself are determined on this issue", he told Turkish journalists aboard his presidential jet returning from a trip to Kazakhstan.

A military adviser to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Kozhin, said the S-400 contract with Turkey was "strictly compatible with our strategic interests".

"Turkey is a key NATO Ally, and we are committed to our strong defense partnership", Defense Department spokesperson Johnny Michael said in an email. Ankara considers YPG as linked to the Kurdish PKK group.

"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400".

The purchase of the missile systems from a non-NATO supplier is raising concerns in the West over their technical compatibility with the alliance's equipment.

Erdogan stressed that Turkey was free to make military acquisitions based on its defense needs. Two years later, NATO Patriot missile batteries were withdrawn from Turkey.

It can track and engage up to 300 targets at the same time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).

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