Erdogan assessed the purchase of Russian C-400 with the words “there are no steps back”

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Turkish President Erdogan: the implementation of the contract for the supply of C-400 air defense systems continues

Эрдоган оценил покупку российских C-400 словами «шагов назад нет»

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the work of Ankara and Moscow on the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMs). The implementation of this contract continues, Erdogan said in an interview with NTV.

Erdogan assessed Turkey’s purchase of Russian C-400 with the words “there are no steps back.” He stressed that the country independently makes decisions about what and from whom to purchase.

“The process continues, there are no steps back. We decide what we buy from whom. The background of our S-400 deliveries is an understanding that is hidden in ourselves,” the Turkish president said.

Earlier, Turkey explained the purchase of Russian C-400. National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the decision was a necessity, not a choice. He noted that the S-400 will not harm Turkish citizens “if there is no attack or threat.”

The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that there is “a certain mutual understanding” between Russia and Turkey on the issue of the purchase of the S-400 air defense system. He urged not to be afraid of a possible deal, since the systems are “absolutely created for protection, not for attack.”

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