Turkish Bar Assoc. head says Russian S-400 deal is issue of sovereignty

The President of Turkey's Bar Association Metin Feyzioğlu on Saturday said the planned purchase of Russian S-400 missiles became an issue of sovereignty, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

"S-400 air defence systems is no longer a choice for Turkey, it has become an issue of sovereignty in order to provide security of life for 82 million," Anadolu Agency quoted Feyzioğlu as saying during a live TV show.

Turkey’s planned-purchase of the S-400 system has strained ties with the United States, which maintains the systems are not compatible with NATO equipment and may compromise its F-35 fighter jets. Washington has warned of possible U.S. sanctions if Ankara follows through with the Russian deal.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated that it was a done deal and Turkey is not planning to retreat from its agreement with Russia, which foresees the deployment of the first parts of the weaponry in July.