Trend Press / Agencies
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday the purchase of anti-aircraft missile systems "S-400" Russian, the largest contract between Moscow and Ankara in the military field.
"The signing of S-400 systems from Russia was signed and a first payment was made," Erdogan told reporters, quoting Turkish newspapers including Hurriyet.
Erdogan, on his return flight from Kazakhstan, said he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were "determined on the issue."
Turkey's biggest anti-air missile deal with a non-NATO country is the concern of other NATO nations.
The Pentagon warned that it would be better "in general to buy equipment for the allies to work together," but the Turkish president replied that his country was free to buy the necessary defense equipment according to its needs.
"The contract was signed and we are preparing to implement it," Kremlin's military and technical cooperation adviser Vladimir Kogen told the Russian TASS news agency.
The system includes several radar stations and missiles of different dimensions as well as maintenance equipment.
"All the decisions made about the contract are consistent with our strategic interests," Kojin said, adding he understood "well the reactions of some of our Western partners who are trying to put pressure on Turkey."