Turkey Buys S-400 Air-Defense Systems From Russia Amid Controversy

Turkey Buys S-400 Air-Defense Systems From Russia Amid Controversy

Turkey Buys S-400 Air-Defense Systems From Russia Amid Controversy

Russian Federation says that S-400 missiles are created to protect vital political, economic, administrative and military facilities from airstrikes, and are considered of the most advanced systems in the air- and anti-missiles defense.

Although a prospective missile purchase from Russian Federation was made public several months ago, Mr Erdogan's announcement on Tuesday was the first confirmation that Turkey had transferred money to pay for the missile system, known as the S-400.

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"I and Mr. Putin are determined on this issue", he added. "So what? Are we going to wait for you?" "We are taking and will take all our measures on the security front".

Earlier on Tuesday both Ankara and Moscow confirmed that the contract of supply to Turkey of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems has progressed after Turkey paid a first installment under the deal.

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"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400".

"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400", Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael told USA broadcaster CNBC in a statement on Tuesday.

Turkey's need for an air missile defense system once again became urgent with the start of the civil war in Syria, a country which has a sizeable ballistic missile stockpile able to strike a large portion of Turkey's territory, in addition to biological and chemical weapons. Two years later, NATO Patriot missile batteries were withdrawn from Turkey.

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