Erdogan slams US for concerns over Ankara’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense systems

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized the US reaction to the contract that envisaged deliveries of Russia’s S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, adding that Ankara will make further decisions on ensuring its security irrespective of other countries’ positions.

On Tuesday, Erdogan said Ankara had made the first payment for the Russian S-400 systems. According to Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael, the US Department of Defense has conveyed its concerns about the deal to Turkish authorities.

"They started to cry out when we agreed on purchasing S-400. What, do we have to wait for your [approval]? We have been taking independent measures and we will continue taking them," Erdogan said, addressing mayors of Turkish cities in Ankara.