Turkey in the past did not have the means to purchase the S-400 missile defence system, however the Russian system is necessary for the country as it could be attacked by long-range missiles, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Sunday.
“Should we not purchase the S-400s? We didn’t have the means in the past. Not only did we not have money, we didn’t have the power and the self-confidence, but today we have [both]. They could attack any location in Turkey with a long-range missile,” pro-government Yeni Şafak newspaper quoted Soylu as saying during a pre-dawn meal with locals in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district.