Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that his government would not cancel the deal despite the United States protests. Erdogan was referring to Ankara’s agreement with Moscow on the purchase of the S-400 Triumf missile system, He also underlined that when the S-400 agreement is completed “he will ponder the S-500 issue.”
“This is over,” said Erdogan (on the S-400 issue), noting that signatures have already been inked on the deal and that the first delivery will take place in July. “We are an independent Turkey, we are not slaves.” US General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, recommended in Congress yesterday that if Turkey moves and buys S-400 systems from Russia, Turkey’s delivery of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter of Lockheed Martin should be canceled.
Mr Erdogan said President Donald Trump made a mistake in supporting the Syrian Kurds (YPG) and promised that the Turkish army working with the Free Syrian Army would be striking at foreign soldiers, including French, British and Germans, who he said, are cooperating with the Kurds, whom they call “terrorists”.