Erdoğan slams NATO worries on Russian S-400 deal
Turkey will continue to take its own security measures, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday, dismissing Western concern over the NATO member's agreement to procure an S-400 air missile defense system from Russia, Daily Sabah reports.
"They went crazy because we made the S-400 agreement. What were we supposed to do, wait for you? 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.
Erdoğan said in July that the deal had been signed, although the deal appears to have been drawn out since then, due to issues over financing. He said Sunday that a down payment has already been transferred to Moscow and he and Russian President Vladimir Putin were determined that the agreement should proceed.