Turkey concluded a deal with Russia to buy its S-400 missile defense systems, Turkish and Russia media confirmed on Tuesday.
Citing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, TASS and Hurriyet report that a deposit in the $2,5bn deal has already been paid.
The S-400 system boasts the ability to lock on 80 targets in a 400km radius.
One of the biggest challenges to the deal is that the radar system of the S-400 anti-ballistic missile system is not interoperable with NATO radar systems. The Pentagon has already expressed its dissatisfaction with the arms deal.
Speaking to the Turkish press, President Erdoğan said that Turkey is “obliged to take safety and security measures” for its national defense, recalling that several weapons systems that Ankara sought to purchase were not made available in the west.
President Vladimir Putin’s military advisor, Vladimir Kozhin confirmed the conclusion of the deal, TASS reports.
Turkey’s relations with Washington have deteriorated due to the cooperation between Washington and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. Ankara considers YPG as linked to the Kurdish PKK group.
YPG is Washington’s main ally in Syria in the war against ISIS and moved to arm the militia in May 2017, triggering the fury of Ankara.