Turkey will continue to take its own security measures, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, dismissing Western concern over the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member's agreement to procure an S-400 air missile defence system from Russian Federation.
"They have gone insane because we made a deal for S-400s". Should we wait for you?
Turkey says that the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense missile systems and the country's relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "complement each other".
"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400". For this system, there has been no request for integrating it into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air defense system. Turkey commands the second largest standing military inside of 29-member-state-NATO. "The interoperability of our armed forces is fundamental to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for the conduct of our operations and missions", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman Mark Sanders told CNBC via email.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity as required by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation procedures, said that "NATO has not been informed about the details of any purchase".
"It's up to each and every individual ally to decide what kind of equipment they acquire".
The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russian Federation, despite differences over the war in Syria, and comes as Turkey's ties with the United States and European Union have become strained. "We'll paddle our own canoe, we are taking, and will take, all our measures on the security front".
The announcement came amid souring relations between Ankara and Washington, which chose to support Kurdish militias in neighboring Syria and Iraq, disregarding the Turkish perception of Kurdish troops as a threat to its national security.
Turkey ranks 155 on the latest world press freedom index put together by Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders), falling below Belarus and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation inter-operable missile defense system remains the best option to defend Turkey from the full range of threats in its region", spokesman Johnny Michael said in a statement.