Turkey’s president called Russia-supplied missiles “a done deal”
FILE PHOTO. Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ©Presidential Press Office via dia images via Getty Images
Turkey’s use of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems will not be reversed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists on Friday as he was flying home from the summit of NATO leaders in Brussels. Western media claimed the US was negotiating a possible transfer of the Russian-made weapons from Turkey to Ukraine, offering various defense concessions in return.
“This is a done deal for us. They are our property serving our defense, so it’s over,” the Turkish leader said, when asked about the S-400 systems.
The Trump administration kicked Ankara out of the F-35 program in retaliation for buying Russian military hardware.
Erdogan said his country’s reaction to the transfer idea was well-summarized in a letter from his spokesman, Fahrettin Altun, published by the Wall Street Journal this week. The official said Washington should reverse the sanctions without any preconditions just to repair relations.