Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has confirmed Ankara's decisive intentions to buy S-400, the Russian anti-aircraft defense systems. That, according to him, will not create any trouble for the NATO security systems located nearby, as S-400 will not be identifying these systems as hostile. Çavuşoğlu said this as quoted by Cumhuriyet, delivering a speech on the occasion of the National Sovereignty Day.
'We're going to use them (S-400, - 112 International) for our own protection. They will be under our control', Çavuşoğlu said.
NATO representatives claimed that the presence of Russian S-400 in the country, which enjoys the NATO associate status could leave the data on the Alliance's defense systems exposed for theft by the Russian special services.
Çavuşoğlu replied that the purchase of S-400 does not threaten NATO defense systems since these Russian weapons are already deployed close to the borders of Norway and Israel, the countries involved in the F-35 fighter jet development program; it is considered a part of the cutting-edge defense system of NATO.