Erdogan refutes western concerns over Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missiles

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Erdogan refutes western concerns over Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missiles

The newspaper said Turkey will receive 4 divisions of S-400 missile systems.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuked the critics of Turkey's purchase from Russian Federation of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missiles, saying Ankara had no intention of waiting for the protection of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"Meanwhile, spokesman of the German Foreign Ministry Martin Schaefer stressed that Berlin does not consider the matter to be of much concern".

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. "So what? Are we going to wait for you?"

Some media reports have said the deal could be worth up to $US2.5 billion.

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.

"Turkey is a key NATO Ally, and we are committed to our strong defense partnership", Defense Department spokesperson Johnny Michael said in an email.

Before gravitating towards Russian Federation, the Turkish military walked out of a $3.4 billion contract for a similar Chinese system. "I expect tensions to ease", Cemil Ertem, Erdogan's chief economic adviser, said in an interview on Tuesday.

Erdogan remained defiant, making it clear on Tuesday that "nobody has the right to discuss the Turkish republic's independence principles or independent decisions about its defense industry".

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 Turkish president has also slammed American officials for rejecting his requests to hand over Fetullah Gulen, a powerful opposition figure living in the US. Two years later, NATO Patriot missile batteries were withdrawn from Turkey.

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

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