Turkey will use S-400 systems in case of attack: Erdogan
Earlier, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the contract for the supply of missile systems in Turkey also implies a partial transfer of technology for production
Turkey intends to use Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems if the country is attacked, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters aboard the plane during his return from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"Some people have a question about why we buy the S-400, why we make such an investment. If we have to, we will have the right to use them. If someone attacks us, we will use these air defense systems. That's why we make such an investment,” the president said on Wednesday.
Erdogan also reiterated Ankara's intentions to participate with Moscow in joint production of the S-400.
"We have no problems with Russia in the issue of joint production. From the very beginning of our negotiations with President Vladimir Putin, we have reached an agreement on this topic. I hope that we will move to co-production, now there are no problems. Various speculations come from those parties that want us to refuse to buy the S-400,” the Turkish president said.
Meanwhile, on June 29, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the contract for the supply of S-400 missile systems to Turkey implies a partial transfer of technology to the Turkish side for production.