"They went insane just because we made the S-400 deal", Erdogan told a meeting of city mayors from his ruling party in Ankara. It is believed that a measure of transfer-of-technology will be involved, though to what extent is not known, though Bloomberg reported that two of the S-400 systems would be "produced" in Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed criticism from his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over his country's purchase of Russia's strategic S-400 missile defense systems, saying Ankara would not "wait for" the Western military alliance to help Ankara with security affairs.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets mayors from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, September 13, 2017. What were we supposed to do, wait for you? "This is a missile defense system that is going to be hosted by the Turkish air force, and the Turkish air force has no experience of anti-missile systems, therefore it is going to come with a significant number of Russian advisers, trainers, and operators and so on".
The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russian Federation, despite differences over the war in Syria, and comes as Turkey's ties with the United States and the European Union have become strained.
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In July, Bloomberg reported that Ankara and Moscow agreed to a $2.5 billion USA contract for four S-400 systems.
The procurement comes at a tense time in relations between Turkey and the West.
Erdogan has been critical of Washington for supporting Kurdish groups in Syria that it says are responsible for terror attacks inside Turkey. Some aspects of the deal are reportedly to be finalized, but Russian officials said the contract furthers Russia's geostrategic interests.
The U.S. Defense Department said that it relayed its concerns to Turkey, and that the U.S.is committed to expediting the delivery of military equipment purchased by Turkey when possible.