Erdoğan calls on Turkish scientists to return home

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday announced a campaign to bring Turkish scientists to their home country while personally calling for their return, independent news site T24 reported.

"I am calling on our scientists throughout the world to join the science and technology initiative we’ve started in our country,’’ Erdoğan said while speaking at the technology festival held at İstanbul’s third airport.

‘’We began to regress at the moment we stopped imagining,’’ he said, while noting that in a world where Turkey remains a consumer of technologies, none of its freedoms will be guaranteed.

The Turkish president stressed that Turkey is now in a position where it can produce 65 percent of its national defense needs, highlighting the country is currently working on 600 separate national defense projects.

‘’Those who appear to be friends with us did not provide us with technology and weapons in exchange for money. There were even times when we were threatened, but they sent 19,000 trucks and 3000 cargo planes of weapons to terrorist organizations,’’ Erdoğan said.

Ankara has said that it’s S-400 missile systems deal with Moscow, which has been a source of worry for the West since the system cannot be integrated into NATO’s military architecture, was signed after the United States' refusal to sell US-made systems to Turkey.