Erdogan comments US concerns over Turkey's talks with Russia on S-400
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he saw no reason for the United States' concerns from in connection with the Ankara-Moscow talks on the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.
"Why would it be worrying? Every country needs to take certain measures for its own security. Which side can ensure these measures, there the steps are taken. How many times have we talked with America, but it did not work out, so like it or not, we began to make plans about the S-400," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.
Erdogan's remarks came a day after Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, labeled media reports about Turkey purchasing the S-400 system from Russia as "incorrect", saying: "That would be a concern, were they to do that, but they have not done that."
Turkish President said it was "important" for Turkey to choose an entity with which it could be in co-production, Anadolu Agency reported.
He added that negotiations on the missile system had been "largely" completed.