Erdogan remains defiant as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies criticize S-400 deal with Russian Federation

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France considers it inappropriate to comment on the contract between Moscow and Ankara on deliveries of Russia's S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, as it was a decision made by the country alone, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said on Wednesday. It is believed that a measure of transfer-of-technology will be involved, though to what extent is not known, though Bloomberg reported that two of the S-400 systems would be "produced" in Turkey.

The Turkish president says Ankara will continue to take its own security measures after the acquisition of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems from Russian Federation.

Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russian Federation to buy the S-400 anti-ballistic missile system in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, a media report said on Tuesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets mayors from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, September 13, 2017.

"No NATO ally now operates the S-400", the official noted, adding that: "NATO has not been informed about the details of any purchase".

The air-defense system has a range of 250 miles, and can hit up to 80 targets at once. The deal is said to be worth around $2.5 billion. "A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation interoperable missile defense system remains the best option to defend Turkey from the full range of threats in its region", spokesman Johnny Michael said in a statement.

The S-400 is Russia's next-generation, most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system.

The announcement came amid souring relations between Ankara and Washington, which chose to support Kurdish militias in neighboring Syria and Iraq, disregarding the Turkish perception of Kurdish troops as a threat to its national security.

Erdogan stressed that Turkey was free to make military acquisitions based on its defense needs.



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