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13 September 2017

Erdogan defends missile system purchase from Russia


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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Accra, Sept. 13, (dpa/GNA) – President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan moved to justify Turkey’s purchase of a Russian-made S-400
missile defence system, a day after its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
(NATO) ally the United States voiced concerns over the deal.

Russia and Turkey have signed a contract for
Ankara to purchase the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system, the Kremlin
confirmed on Tuesday.

Accra, Sept. 13, (dpa/GNA) – President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan moved to justify Turkey’s purchase of a Russian-made S-400
missile defence system, a day after its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
(NATO) ally the United States voiced concerns over the deal.

Russia and Turkey have signed a contract for
Ankara to purchase the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system, the Kremlin
confirmed on Tuesday.

Erdogan was earlier quoted by local media as
saying that his country had put down a deposit for the advanced missile system.

“They have gone mad because we signed an
S-400 deal there. So what?

Are we going to wait for you?” Erdogan
told a meeting on Wednesday in Ankara where he addressed mayors from his ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“We will take matters into our own
hands,” he added.

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.

“If Turkey were to buy these S-400s, as
is being reported, that would of course be a concern of ours,” spokeswoman
Heather Nauert said on Tuesday.

“What matters for NATO is that the
equipment allies acquire is able to operate together. … No NATO ally
currently operates the S-400,” a NATO official told dpa on Tuesday.

Some media reports have said the deal could be
worth up to 2.5 billion dollars.

A previous Turkish effort to buy a Chinese
missile defence system was not successful in part over disagreements on
knowledge transfer.

GNA


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