Erdogan heralds S-400 missile deal with Russian Federation

Turkish-relations have turned frosty owing to a series of flashpoints- not least the fallout from last year's failed coup but also President Erdogan's urging of Turks in Germany to vote against Angela Merkel's ruling conservatives and other

The Turkish president says Ankara will continue to take its own security measures after the acquisition of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems from Russian Federation.

Erdogan said: "The process will continue through a transfer of credit from Russian Federation to us". "What were we supposed to do, wait for you?" the Turkish head of state said during a speech in Ankara on Wednesday. The deal is said to be worth around $2.5 billion.

"Mr. Putin [President Vladimir Putin] and myself are determined on this issue", he told Turkish journalists aboard his presidential jet returning from a trip to Kazakhstan.

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

Erdogan says it's up to Turkey to make its own decisions on defense purchases.

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.

Turkey faced similar worries during the Iran-Iraq War and the First and Second Gulf Wars due to the ballistic missiles possessed by those countries.

Erdogan said in comments reported by Turkish media that accords had been signed and a deposit has been paid for the acquisition of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems.

Turkey has also been at odds with Germany, another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, over its widespread crackdown of people it blames for last year's botched military coup against Erdogan's government.

In recent years, Turkey has sought to build its domestic defense industry to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers.

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

It can track and engage up to 300 targets at the same time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).

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