Erdogan Аdviser Sees Recovery in Turkey Ties with Germany, EU

S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon systems during combat duty drills of the surface to air-misile regiment in the Moscow Region

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.

"They have gone insane because we made a deal for S-400s", Erdoğan said Wednesday in a speech to the ruling AKP mayors in Ankara, as cited by "Hurriyet".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday indicated that Turkey went ahead with the purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system because it was exhausted of waiting for another supplier.

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 USA dollars, with the down payment already transferred to Moscow. "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. "Both Mr. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue", said Erdogan to journalists (via Hurriyet). What were we supposed to do, wait for you?

On Tuesday, Moscow and Ankara reached an agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems to Turkey, according to the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).




Turkey, whose relations with its allies have frayed in recent months, said it opted for the S-400 because Western companies had offered no "financially effective" alternative. Turkey commands the second largest standing military inside of 29-member-state-NATO. Ankara has been angered by US support for the PKK's Syrian offshoot YPG in the battle against Daesh in Syria.

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

Western governments have expressed concern over the deal - which Erdogan said was finalised in July - as it can not be integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation system.

China was the first country to purchase this system from Russian Federation.

The air-defense system has a range of 250 miles, and can hit up to 80 targets at once.

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