Turkey defends deal with Russian Federation, says 'will take its own security measures'

Turkey defends deal with Russian Federation, says 'will take its own security measures'”

Commenting on reports on Turkey's purchase of Russia's S-400 air defense missile systems, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that each NATO member state makes its own decision on the purchase of weapons. Should we wait for you? "We are responsible for taking security measures for the defence of our country", he said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

The S-400 Triumf, also known by its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation designation SA-21 Growler, is a mobile, long-range surface-to-air missile system manufactured by the Russian state firm Almaz-Antey.

Western governments have expressed concern over the deal - which Erdogan said was finalised in July - as it can not be integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation system.

Some aspects of the deal are reportedly to be finalized, but Russian officials said the contract furthers Russia's geostrategic interests.

Turkey said in April that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally nations had not presented a "financially effective" offer on alternative missile defence systems.

The purchase is part of increased military and political ties between Turkey and Russian Federation and gradual estrangement between the key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and Western powers. As the dispute unfolded, the USA in 2015 withdrew its Patriot missiles from Turkey's border with Syria after a two-year deployment.

The S-400 is Russia's next-generation, most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system.

Erdogan has been critical of Washington for supporting Kurdish groups in Syria that it says are responsible for terror attacks inside Turkey.

It has a 400 kilometre-range and can work with four different types of missiles with different starting weight and launch ranges.

Last month, the Pentagon expressed concern about Turkey's intention to purchase the system.

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