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

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

"We are taking and will take all our measures on the security front", Erdoğan said during a meeting with mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Ankara. What are we supposed to do?

Erdogan announced on Sunday that Turkey had signed a deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 missile defense systems the total value of which is around 2.5 billion US dollars, with the down payment already transferred to Moscow.

Talking about the arms deal Tuesday, Erdogan reportedly said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies had provided "tanks, cannons and armored vehicles to the terror organization but we can't procure some of our needs, although we want to pay the price".

The S-400 is Russia's next-generation, most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system. Turkey will be the third foreign S-400 user, following China and India.

Turkey has been developing stronger ties with Russian Federation and souring on its relationship with the United States, which has supported the YPG Syrian Kurdish rebels during the Syrian civil war, the BBC News reported.

Moscow also confirmed the accord, with Vladimir Kozhin, Putin's adviser for military and technical cooperation, saying: "The contract has been signed and is being prepared for implementation".

Earlier this week, Erdogan said the first payment for the S-400 had been made.

His explanations, however, did not stop the outpouring of criticism from the USA and other members of the military alliance.

Erdogan's remarks follow a statement from the US State Department on Tuesday which voiced concerns over Ankara's purchase of the Russian missile system.

The announcement came amid souring relations between Ankara and Washington, which chose to support Kurdish militias in neighboring Syria and Iraq, disregarding the Turkish perception of Kurdish troops as a threat to its national security.

The spat has prompted Germany to restrict its arms sales to Turkey.

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