ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that Turkey will not cancel the contract for purchasing the S-400 air defense systems from Russia, even if it comes at the risk of sanctions from the United States, he said on Tuesday.
“You’ve said nothing to Greece (in connection with the purchase of S-300 systems), but you said that you will not let Turkey acquire S-400,” Haber Turk TV quotes Erdogan as saying.
“You claimed that the contact with Russia was a mistake. You also said that you might introduce sanctions,” he continued.
“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,” Erdogan emphasized.
Turkey and Russia first announced talks for a S-400 contract in November 2016. Russia then confirmed the conclusion of the contract on September 12, 2017.
This is especially significant as Turkey is a key member of the US-led NATO. In the last two years Turkey has become closer to Russia while relations with the US strains, mostly revolved around disagreements on the situation in Syria.