Turkey Buys S-400 Air-Defense Systems From Russia Amid Controversy

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan right shakes hands with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif left prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara Turkey Tuesday Sept. 12 2017

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.

Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and its negotiations for the purchase of the Russian system have raised concerns with allies who say the country should invest in technology that is compatible with theirs.

Moscow - Moscow and Ankara confirmed on Tuesday that they signed a deal in which Moscow would sell Ankara S-400 missiles.

"What are we supposed to do?"

The total value of the deal is believed to be around $2.5 billion. 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.

"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400".

France considers it inappropriate to comment on the contract between Moscow and Ankara on deliveries of Russia's S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, as it was a decision made by the country alone, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said on Wednesday.

The French comments come a day before the country's foreign minister begins a two-day visit to Turkey, where he will discuss regional issues, promoting support for a new peace initiative on Syria.

Although a prospective missile purchase from Russian Federation was made public several months ago, Mr Erdogan's announcement on Tuesday was the first confirmation that Turkey had transferred money to pay for the missile system, known as the S-400.

The S-400 system is an advanced Russian missile system created to detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as 402 kilometers away.

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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