Erdogan defends missile deal with Russian Federation

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Russia-Turkey S-400 supply deal worth more than 2 billion USD
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14 September, 2017

According to Komersant, there are still a few issues to be clarified in the deal, namely the fact that Turkey intends to manufacture the missile systems in its territory, a move which is opposed by Russian security agencies, in terms of transferring military technology to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation state.

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 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. What are we supposed to do? "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.

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".

The rebels have been linked to Kurdish rebels in Turkey and the country views the YPG as a terrorist group, according to the BBC News and Business Insider.

"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400", Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael told USA broadcaster CNBC in a statement on Tuesday.

Russian Federation says that S-400 missiles are created to protect vital political, economic, administrative and military facilities from airstrikes, and are considered of the most advanced systems in the air- and anti-missiles defense.

Before gravitating towards Russian Federation, the Turkish military walked out of a $3.4 billion contract for a similar Chinese system.

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.


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