World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers Tuesday quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.
"Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia. A deposit has also been paid as far as I know," Erdogan said in comments published in the Hurriyet daily and other newspapers.
"(Russian President Vladimir Putin) and myself are determined on this issue," he told journalists.
The purchase of the missile systems from a non-NATO supplier will raise concerns in the West over their technical compatibility with the alliance's equipment.
The Pentagon has already sounded the alarm, saying bluntly that "generally it's a good idea" for NATO allies to buy inter-operable equipment.
Erdogan said Turkey was free to make military acquisitions based on its defence needs.
"Nobody has the right to discuss the Turkish republic's independence principles or independent decisions about its defence industry," he said in the comments published Tuesday.
"We make the decisions about our own independence ourselves, we are obliged to take safety and security measures in order to defend our country."
The Turkish leader said the process would continue with a transfer of Russian credit to Turkey.
Sides agree to intensify cooperation in gas, electricity during Turkish delegation's visit to Sofia, Bulgarian envoy says
Turkish, Russian presidents speak ahead of Thursday meeting in capital Ankara
Turkey's growth rate target is 5.5 percent in 2017, Turkish prime minister says
Ankara will announce more actions against northern Iraq, as it holds independence referendum, says Turkey's president
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim insists independence referendum in northern Iraq is illegitimate
Habur border gate with northern Iraq remains open amid tighter security checks, says customs minister
We don't recognize Kurdish referendum results, says Foreign Ministry
Turkey not to tolerate any new formation on its southern frontiers, says Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim
The motion enables Turkish government to deploy troops in Iraq and Syria for another year
2 other soldiers also wounded in PKK rocket and mortar fire attack in Hakkari's Semdinli district, officials say
Serious consequences will ensue if northern Iraq referendum is not cancelled, says presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin
Military says terrorist targets in northern Iraq destroyed in airstrikes on Friday
Iraq's neighbor Turkey has given the necessary warning but this has not been heeded, says PM Binali Yildirim
Weapons and ammunition also seized in operations in southeastern provinces, says Interior Ministry
Turkey calls for referendum to be cancelled, not postponed, says deputy prime minister
731km out of projected 828km wall along Syrian frontier has already been constructed, according to Turkish official