The purchase of S-400 air-defense system was Russia has been completed, Turkish defense minister Nurettin Canikli said.
He said Turkey will not stop, and their main goal is to have their own technology, Turkish media reported.
“In addition to the S-400, Turkey also made preliminary agreements with the Eurosam countries to develop, produce and use the air defense system in order to improve its long-term domestic national capacity,” Canikli told reporters.
Last Wednesday Turkey, France and Italy signed a memorandum of intent in air defense on the margins of the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels. The agreement provides for the joint production and supply of Turkey with the new generation SAMP-T air defense system produced by Eurosam consortium.
Moscow and Ankara reached agreement on the supplies of S 400 system to Turkey and signed a contract. President Erdogan said Turkey had made the first payment for S 400.