Erdogan says Turkey aims to produce S-400s jointly with Russia

Posted In: News Date:Jul 15th, 2019

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has hailed the controversial delivery of a Russian missile defence system despite the threat of US sanctions, saying the next step would be to jointly produce S-400s with Moscow.

The first batch of the Russian S-400 equipment was delivered to Turkey in recent days even after repeated US calls to cancel the deal or face punishment.

"We have begun to receive our S-400s. Some said 'they cannot buy them'… God willing the final part of this [delivery] will be in April 2020," Erdogan told a crowd of thousands on Monday in Ankara as Turkey marked the third anniversary of a bloody coup attempt.

"Now the aim is joint production with Russia. We will do that," he said.