Erdogan confirms that Turkey will go ahead with purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confirmed that Turkey will purchase Russian S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems, despite the new sanctions against the Russian Federation, RIA Novosti reports.

 “The S-400 topic worries some. Why? Turkey itself decides its fate. We will do what is profitable for the country,” stated Erdoğan.

According to him, Turkey “should not need permission” to sign agreements.

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on the delivery of Turkey’s S-400 systems in September 2017. This provides for the sale of four S-400 divisions to Ankara. The agreement is valued at $2.5 billion, which is more than half of the amount that will cover the Russian loan.

  S-400 missile systems, Turkey, Erdogan, Russia