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Erdogan says the Turkish cope with Russia over S-400 deliveries has infuriated america



09:40 GMT 13.09.2017 (updated 07:18 GMT 15.09.2017) Get a short URL

Erdogan commented on Washington's response to the Ankara-Moscow deal on the supply of S-400 systems one day after the contract was signed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's agreement with Russia on the delivery of S-400 missile systems "infuriated the United States."

"Did we have to wait for you (the US)? We are and will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure our national security. We are the hosts in our own home," said the Turkish leader.

After the United States and Israel refused to supply combat drones to Turkey, Ankara developed and started producing them itself, which caused concern among the two countries.

Erdogan said Tuesday that Ankara had made the first payment for the Russian S-400 systems. The Pentagon later told Sputnik that the United States had informed the Turkish authorities of its concerns about the purchase of Russia's S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and cited Ankara's membership of NATO as a reason for defending the state using the "interoperable missile defense system" from Allianz.

When asked whether Turkey's membership of NATO would be an obstacle to the delivery of S-400, the Kremlin adviser said earlier: "Each party undertakes to determine what it can and what it can do with the weapons it delivers Not."

The S-400 is Russia's next generation air defense system. It carries three different types of missiles that can destroy air targets from short to extremely long distances. It was designed to track and destroy various types of aerial targets, from reconnaissance planes to ballistic missiles.

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The S-400 Triumf (AAMS) mobile multi-plane missile system

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