Turkey signs deal for Russian missile system

Lester Mason
September 13, 2017

"The S-400 missile system deal has already been signed by officials".

"Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia", Erdogan said in comments published in several newspapers Tuesday.

The purchase of the missile systems from a non-NATO supplier is likely to raise concerns in the West over their technical compatibility with the alliance's equipment.

Turkey has signed a deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 missile defence systems, its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, in an accord that could trouble Ankara's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. "A deposit has also been paid as far as I know".

He said Moscow would extend a credit to Turkey for the purchase of the weapons.

Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and its negotiations for the purchase of the Russian system have raised concerns with allies who say the country should invest in technology that is compatible with theirs.

"Turkey is together with us in NATO", Merkel stressed, mentioning Germany's responsibilities as a member of the pact.

The S-400 system can detect and target missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft, and hit targets up to 250 miles away.

President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 16, 2017.

With the purchase, Turkey aims to guard against threats in the region, while Ankara also demands that the deal include the transfer of technology to enable the country to build its own missile defense system.

The deal is certain to stir unease in Washington and Brussels, where officials are trying to keep Turkey - a longtime North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, and an increasingly unlikely candidate for European Union membership - from entering Russia's sphere of influence. The Turkish government was also frustrated by NATO's response to the attempted coup against Erdogan in summer 2016. But Erdogan said Turkey - which has the second largest standing army in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after the United States - was free to make military acquisitions based on its defence needs.

"We make the decisions about our own independence ourselves - we are obliged to take safety and security measures in order to defend our country".

He added that Russian Federation finds the reaction of some western countries that have been trying to put pressure on Turkey "quite natural" regarding the deal.

"It can affect anyone who decides to travel to Turkey".

Nineteen people - 15 of them Turkish security officials - have been indicted in relation to the incident, and a bill introduced to the Senate this week would block the U.S. from supporting further arms sales to forces protecting the Turkish president.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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