Turkey has signed a deal for its first major weapons purchase from Moscow to buy S-400 missile defense systems, both sides announced Tuesday, in an accord that could trouble Ankara's North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.
A S-400 Triumf launch vehicle.
"They went insane because we made the S-400 agreement. Wait for you? We are taking security measures and will continue to do so", Erdogan said Wednesday while in Ankara, according to state-owned Anadolu Agency. Turkey commands the second largest standing military inside of 29-member-state-NATO.
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.
Kalin noted that Turkey is and will remain an important North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, Turkish media outlets reported on August 14.More news: Olympic host cities Paris and Los Angeles
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The purchase is part of increased military and political ties between Turkey and Russian Federation and gradual estrangement between the key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and Western powers. "Interoperability of our armed forces is fundamental to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for the conduct of our operations and missions".
Turkey has also been at odds with Germany, another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, over its widespread crackdown of people it blames for last year's botched military coup against Erdogan's government. The recently strained relations between Turkey and European Union is also one of the highlights of the agenda. The government will also take measures to ease inflationist pressures caused by the immediate goods imports and may provide "serious support" to Turkish producers of such goods, he said.
Turkey is the latest country to agree to purchase the S-400.
"Turkey is a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and we are committed to our strong defense partnership", Michael added.
Erdogan has been critical of Washington for supporting Kurdish groups in Syria that it says are responsible for terror attacks inside Turkey.