Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will not back down on the issue of the purchase of Russian military equipment. Speaking to his party’s parliamentary group, the Turkish President said: “I have explained to Mr Trump how Turkey has come to buy the S-400. He justifies us. I have made it clear that our country cannot back down on the purchase of this system and that the solution must be found within these frameworks, and we have emphasized that persistence in this matter is at the point of violation of our country’s sovereign rights”.
Erdogan hinted that Turkey could be supplied by another country if it did not receive F-35s from the US.
“We once again explained the injustice Turkey has suffered in the matter of the F-35s. We emphasized that Turkey is a co-producing country. And if this unyielding stance continues, then Turkey will be forced to turn to other pursuits to meet its medium-term needs”, the Turkish President said./ibna