France says Turkish-Russia missile deal a sovereign decision

Joel Nkurabagaya Burundi's ambassador to Turkey

"We are taking and will take all our measures on the security front", Erdoğan said during a meeting with mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Ankara.

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

The deal announcement was met with backlash from the Russian public, and some experts say Russia still doesn't have enough S-400's for itself. "I expect tensions to ease", Cemil Ertem, Erdogan's chief economic adviser, said in an interview on Tuesday. "What were we supposed to do, wait for you?" the Turkish head of state said during a speech in Ankara on Wednesday.

The total value of the deal is believed to be around $2.5 billion.

President Vladimir Putin's military advisor, Vladimir Kozhin confirmed the conclusion of the deal, TASS reports.

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In July, Bloomberg reported that Ankara and Moscow agreed to a $2.5 billion US contract for four S-400 systems.

The air-defense system has a range of 250 miles, and can hit up to 80 targets at once.

"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, whose relations with its allies have frayed in recent months, said it opted for the S-400 because Western companies had offered no "financially effective" alternative. Defense observers speculated that Turkey played the China card to put pressure on its allies and get better terms for buying a NATO-compatible SAM system, such as the US-made Patriot PAC-3.

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.


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