Turkey defends deal with Russia, says 'will take its own security measures'

French minister advocates for jailed journalist in Turkey

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets including ballistic and cruise missiles.

France considers it inappropriate to comment on the contract between Moscow and Ankara on deliveries of Russia's S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, as it was a decision made by the country alone, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said on Wednesday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday indicated that Turkey went ahead with the purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system because it was exhausted of waiting for another supplier.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had already paid the deposit on the deal, estimated to be worth $2.5 billion, the Hurriyet daily reported on Tuesday. "Wait for you? We are taking our security measures and will continue to do so", Erdogan said during a meeting with mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara.

The incident muddied relations between Turkey and Russia, but Erdogan has reportedly made amends with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the BBC News noted.

Vladimir Kojin, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirmed on Tuesday that a contract had been signed. Ankara has been angered by USA support for the PKK's Syrian offshoot YPG in the battle against Daesh in Syria. The purchase came in spite of protest by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and alliance member states, which cited the benefit of instead having a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation interoperable missile defense system.

Before gravitating towards Russian Federation, the Turkish military walked out of a $3.4 billion contract for a similar Chinese system.

"Turkey is a key NATO Ally, and we are committed to our strong defense partnership", Defense Department spokesperson Johnny Michael said in an email. Two years later, NATO Patriot missile batteries were withdrawn from Turkey.

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