Turkey not moving away from NATO by buying S-400s: Akar
"Turkey fulfills all NATO requirements. We're not moving away from NATO by purchasing S-400 missiles. This is a supply issue," Hulusi Akar told a military graduation ceremony in the capital Ankara on June 21.
“We strongly reject linking this matter with the [U.S.] F-35. We're partners with nine countries on the F-35 project,” he added.
Turkey expects its allies, especially the U.S., to behave with common sense and evaluate the issues objectively, he said.
Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have simmered over Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems.
Washington claims the purchase will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet program and has threatened sanctions.
Turkey has said there is no conflict between the S-400 and the F-35 and has called for a working group to clarify the issue.
'They got punishment that they deserved'
"These traitors [who infiltrated the General Staff] got the punishment that they deserved from the Turkish justice."