Turkey is eyeing a long-range missile defense system of its own as part of its current effort to enhance the country’s defensive strategic military capabilities.
Ankara will not ask for anyone’s permission to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told participants of a business forum in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
“We made a deal with Russia on the S-400. Some are concerned about this. Sorry, but we will not ask permission from anyone,” the newspaper Milliyet quoted Erdogan as saying.
Earlier, Erdogan said that the country expects to receive the SAM in the near future, despite the pressure from the US.
In July, The Washington Times wrote that the United States had officially barred deliveries of the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkish forces, inserting the ban into the final version of the Pentagon’s budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year.
The legislation, adopted by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, prohibits shipments of the advanced, multi-role jet fighters to Ankara until the Pentagon delivers “an assessment of a significant change in Turkish participation in the F-35 program, including the potential elimination of such participation.”
According to The Hill, the Pentagon will have to report to Congress within 90 days about how the termination of Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program could affect…