Erdogan dismisses North Atlantic Treaty Organisation concerns overs Russian Federation defence system deal

Posted September 14, 2017

"They have gone insane because we made a deal for S-400s".

On Tuesday, Moscow and Ankara reached an agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems to Turkey, according to the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey had already finalized and signed onto a purchase of Almaz-Antey S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Russian Federation.

"Meanwhile, spokesman of the German Foreign Ministry Martin Schaefer stressed that Berlin does not consider the matter to be of much concern". "We are taking precautions and we will continue to do so", the Turkish leader said.

The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russian Federation, despite differences over the war in Syria, and comes as Turkey's ties with the United States and the European Union have become strained.

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As Turkey's accord for the S-400 defense mechanism is a deal with a non-NATO supplier, the possible purchase raised concerns in the West over compatibility with the alliance's equipment. "So what? Are we going to wait for you?"

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

"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", Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said in a statement.

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.

The S-400 is Russia's next-generation, most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system. He was referencing the US decision to arm the Kurdish YPG for the fight against ISIS in Syria, despite fierce protest by Turkey.