Turkey has paid a deposit to Russia for the purchase of the S-400 air defense system, Turkish President Recep Erdogan told media on his return from Kazakhstan on September 10.
“Our friends have already signed [an agreement on] S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know. The process will continue by the transfer of a credit from Russia to us. Both Mr. Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue,” Erdogan.
Erdigan denied reports that Ankara may reject the deal because of the opposition to it from the US and other NATO allies. He said that no other country has the right to discuss Turkey’s sovereign and independent decisions in upgrading its defense.
“It’s us who will make decisions regarding our independence. We are responsible over taking security measures for the defense of our country. We’ll save ourselves if we face difficulties in procuring defense systems,” the president said adding that Turkey’s requests to purchase combat drones from the US and its allies have not been positively responded.
Erdogan also emphasized Ankara’s negative attitude towards the US support to Kurdish militias in Syria branded as the Syrian Democratic Forces.
“They give tanks, cannons and armored vehicles to the terror organization but we can’t procure some of our needs, although we want to pay the price. What happened in the end? We started to produce our own drones and armed drones. We have killed 90 terrorists in the last week,” he said.