BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a strong statement on Tuesday, vowing to put to use the S-400 air defense systems once they are delivered by Russia.
“We will not just buy the S-400s and place them in a storehouse. We will use them if need be. These are defense systems. What are we going to do with them if not use these defense systems? Are we going to depend on the United States again? We have been demanding them for years, but the answer given to us has been: The [US] Congress is not allowing. We are tired of this,” Erdoğan said in remarks broadcast live by private Turkish-language TGRT Haber television news network, as quoted by Press TV.
The Turkish president added, “Russia has responded to our offer with a pretty tempting offer. They said they would even get into a joint production. And with respect to loans, they have offered us pretty good loan terms.”
Once acquired, Turkey will have one of the most powerful air defense forces in the entire Middle East region.