Turkey’s Erdoğan says hopes Russian S-400 missiles to be delivered soon

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday he hoped Russian S-400 air defence missiles would be delivered to Turkey soon.

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation that if approved by President Donald Trump would block the sale of F-35 advanced fighter jets to Turkey if the Turkish government takes delivery of the S-400 missiles it has ordered. U.S. military experts say the S-400s could collect data on the new NATO flagship jet and send it back to Moscow, enabling the Russian military to devise ways to down the F-35s.

The issue is just one of a range of problems that have led to a rift between Turkey and the United States. Washington this month imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled sanctions on Turkish steel and aluminium imports over Turkey’s detention of an American pastor and other U.S. citizens that Trump says are being held as hostages.

“Turkey needs the S-400 system and this deal is complete. We hope they will be delivered soon,” Erdoğan said at a ceremony in northwestern Turkish province of Balıkesir.

Erdoğan said Turkey had found itself in a struggle when it decided to pursue its own interests and achieve its own goals.

“Every choice has a price,” he said. “We pay this price sometimes with our martyrs and veterans during our struggles against terrorist organisations. We pay this price sometimes by facing unprecedented double standards, unfairness, and discrimination at the international level. And sometimes we pay this price economically as it has been the case recently.” 

Erdogan said Turkey has paid $900 million so far for the F-35s and expects to receive 120 of them. 

In case the United States blocked the sale of the F-35s, Erdoğan said, “the world does not consist of one country and there are other alternatives. If the U.S. does not give these planes, Erdogan continued, Turkey would get them from somewhere else or would produce them by itself, just like the drones.

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