Turkish Defense Ministry: Purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems was a necessity

Turkish Defense Ministry: Purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems was a necessity

The purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence systems was not Turkey's choice but a necessity since Ankara's priority is security, Turkish Minister of National Defense, Hulusi Akar said.

"This was not a choice, but a necessity. This is a system that will not harm anyone if there is no attack or threat. Our priority is the safety of 84 million inhabitants of our country. This is a system that our allies did not provide, but we ourselves provided from Russia", RIA Novosti quotes Akar's words with reference to the Turkish news agency "Anadolu".

"Reasonable and logical solutions" can be found on the S-400 issue, and "Turkey is right in this regard", concluded Akar.

Let us remind you that Russia and Turkey signed a contract for the supply of four divisions of the S-400 air defense system amounting to $2,5 billion in 2017, the deliveries to the Turkish side were carried out in the summer-autumn of 2019.The contract included an option for one more regimental set, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated last summer that he had no doubt about purchasing the second S-400 regiment from Russia.

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