Turkish leader says deposit made on Russian defense system

Erdoğan slams NATO worries on Russian S-400 deal

Almaz-Antey is also developing a complementary medium-to-long-range system in the S-350E, which will also use the S-400's 9M96E (60 km) and 9M96E2 (120 km) missiles.

Russia deployed the S-400 at its Syrian air force base near Latakia in December 2015, after Turkish military jets downed a Russian Su-24 warplane along the Syria-Turkey border, the BBC News said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has moved to justify Turkey's purchase of a Russian-made S-400 missile defence system, a day after its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States voiced concerns over the deal, Sky News Australia reports.

Erdogan said Monday that Turkey had already paid a deposit for two batteries of the advanced missile systems. "Wait for you? We are taking our security measures and will continue to do so", Erdogan said during a meeting with mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara.

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

Turkey has been developing stronger ties with Russian Federation and souring on its relationship with the United States, which has supported the YPG Syrian Kurdish rebels during the Syrian civil war, the BBC News reported. Ankara has been angered by US support for the PKK's Syrian offshoot YPG in the battle against Daesh in Syria.

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

"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400", Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael told USA broadcaster CNBC in a statement on Tuesday. As the dispute unfolded, the United States in 2015 withdrew its Patriot missiles from Turkey's border with Syria after a two-year deployment.

Turkey faced similar worries during the Iran-Iraq War and the First and Second Gulf Wars due to the ballistic missiles possessed by those countries.



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