Turkey: 'It has been purchased' - Erdogan on Russian S-400 missile systemJune 13, 2019 at 22:45 (GMT) · Published
Turkey has purchased S-400 missile defence systems from Russia and they are expected to be delivered by next month, declared Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group meeting of AK Party in Ankara on Wednesday.
The Turkish President declared that they have "completed this mission."
Erdogan said that Turkey initially requested a similar kind of system from the US, but the request was repeatedly declined: "Dear friends, we started this process during the Obama term and we have always received the same response: 'Congress is not allowing it'. If Congress doesn't allow it, then we will take care of ourselves."
He added that the contract with Russia has been signed "with a very good deal and on top of that with the agreement of the opportunities of joint production partnership."
The statement comes amid a row with the US, as Washington warned Turkey against buying Russian missiles and announced on Monday that they halted the training of Turkish pilots on F-35 fighters at an airbase in Arizona. The US also threatened to block Ankara from purchasing said F-35 fighter jets.