Erdogan vows not to cancel S-400 deal with Russia despite likely sanctions

March 06, 2018

Turkey will not cancel the contract for purchasing the air defense systems S-400 Triumf from Russia even despite the risk of sanctions that may be imposed by the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

“You’ve said nothing to Greece (in connection with the purchase of S-300 systems – TASS), but you said that you will not let Turkey acquire S-400. You claimed that the contact with Russia was a mistake. You also said that you might introduce sanctions. We are not going to be accountable to you. We will proceed along the right way without any concessions for the sake of achieving our own goals,” Haber Turk TV quotes Erdogan as saying.

In November 2016 it was announced that Turkey and Russia were in talks over a likely contract for the supply of S-400 air defense systems. Russia confirmed the conclusion of the contract on September 12, 2017. Erdogan declared that a certain prepayment had been made already. Turkey became the first NATO country that will get the S-400 systems from Russia. The number of systems to be supplied has not been disclosed officially.