S-400s matter of Turkey's national security: AKP
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Procuring Russian S-400 defense systems is a matter of national security for Turkey, the ruling party spokesman said on April 12.
Washington has balked at Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400, and last week suspended delivery of parts and services for F-35 fighter jets.
U.S. officials have suggested Turkey buy the U.S. Patriot missile system rather than the S-400, arguing it is incompatible with NATO systems and would expose the F-35 to possible Russian subterfuge.
Turkey has responded that it was the U.S. refusal to sell it Patriots that led it to seek other sellers, adding that Russia offered it a better deal, including technology transfers.
“The U.S. should not turn its arms market competition into an issue of NATO alliance,” Çelik added.