Turkey signs deal to get Russian S-400 air defence missiles

12 September, 2017, 15:37 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • US President Donald Trump talks to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a working session on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg northern Germany

"Mr Putin (President Vladimir Putin) and myself are determined on this issue", he told Turkish journalists aboard his presidential jet returning from a trip to Kazakhstan.

He said a leap must be made in the economic relation between Iran and Turkey.

"We make the decisions about our own independence ourselves", Erdogan said on September 12.

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The Pentagon has already sounded the alarm, saying bluntly that "generally it's a good idea" for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to buy inter-operable equipment. "The process will continue with the transfer of a loan to us from Russian Federation".

Russian presidential aide for military-technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, also confirmed to TASS that the S-400 contract with Turkey has been signed.

Russian Federation says the S-400 system has a range of 400km (248 miles) and can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one.

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Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member since 1952, has now troubled ties with the United States over a number of issues including Washington's support of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, which Ankara considers a terror group.

The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence batteries, Ankara's most significant deal with a non-NATO supplier, comes with Turkey in the throes of a crisis in relations with several Western states.

Turkey was also pleased with Russia's response to the 2016 failed coup in Turkey and the two sides have been working together in search of a solution to the Syria conflict.

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