Erdogan: Turkey will take own security measures after Russia defense deal

September 13, 2017 12:34
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ANKARA - Turkey will continue to take its own security measures, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, dismissing Western concern over the NATO member's agreement to procure an S-400 air missile defense system from Russia.

"They went crazy because we made the S-400 agreement. What were we supposed to do, wait for you? We are taking and will take all our measures on the security front," Erdogan said.

Western governments have expressed concern over the deal - which Erdogan said in July had been signed - as it cannot be integrated into the NATO system.

Turkey said in April that NATO ally nations had not presented a "financially effective" offer on alternative missile defense systems.

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