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Erdogan: Turkey has finalized S-400 purchase, placed deposit

Erdogan: Turkey has finalized S-400 purchase, placed deposit

Erdogan: Turkey has finalized S-400 purchase, placed deposit

Russian officials have said that its S-400 system has a range of 248 miles and can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one.

Speaking to the Turkish press, President Erdoğan said that Turkey is "obliged to take safety and security measures" for its national defense, recalling that several weapons systems that Ankara sought to purchase were not made available in the west.

Turkey has signed a deal to purchase the S-400 air defence system from Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reported as saying.

Erdogan announced on Sunday that Turkey had signed a deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 missile defense systems the total value of which is around 2.5 billion US dollars, with the down payment already transferred to Moscow. "We are taking precautions and we will continue to do so", Erdoğan said on September 13 in a speech to ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) mayors in Ankara.

"Mr. Putin [President Vladimir Putin] and myself are determined on this issue", he told Turkish journalists aboard his presidential jet returning from a trip to Kazakhstan. "What were we supposed to do, wait for you?" the Turkish head of state said during a speech in Ankara on Wednesday.

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"I can assure that all the decisions made for this contract strictly comply with our strategic interests", Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to Putin, told the Russian state news agency TASS, according to broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

"They have gone mad because we signed an S-400 deal there".

"Turkey is a key NATO Ally, and we are committed to our strong defense partnership", Defense Department spokesperson Johnny Michael said in an email.

Ankara objected to the criticism by the United States, citing that Greece, another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, purchased the Russian S-300 defense system and has been using it for years.

Erdogan has been critical of Washington for supporting Kurdish groups in Syria that it says are responsible for terror attacks inside Turkey.

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