Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems

Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying. The accord for the surface-to-air missile defence batteries is Ankara’s most significant pact with a non-Nato supplier. “Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia. A deposit has also been paid as far as I know,” Erdogan said in comments published in the Hurriyet Daily and other newspapers. “(Russian President Vladimir Putin) and myself are determined on this issue,” he told journalists.
The purchase of the missile systems from a non-Nato supplier will raise concerns in the West over their compatibility with the alliance’s equipment. The Pentagon has already sounded alarm, saying bluntly that “generally it’s a good idea” for Nato allies to buy interoperable equipment. Erdogan said Turkey was free to make military acquisitions based on its defence needs. “We make the decisions about our own independence ourselves, we are obliged to take safety and security measures in order to defend our country,” he said. Moscow also confirmed the accord, with Vladimir Kozhin, Putin’s adviser for military and technical cooperation, saying: “The contract has been signed and is being prepared for implementation.”
He said that the S-400 was one of the most complex systems, made up of a whole range of technical materials. “I can only guarantee that all decisions taken on this contract strictly comply with our strategic interests,” he was quoted as saying by Russian state-owned [TASS]2 news agency. “For this reason, we fully understand the reactions of several Western countries which are trying to put pressure on Turkey,” he added. Russia’s relations with Nato have been in crisis over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and for backing pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. Turkey, a Nato member since 1952, has currently troubled ties with the United States over a number of issues including Washington’s support of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurd militia which Ankara considers a terror group.

Turkey’s president : ‘Nazism is alive in the West’

Turkey said it does nott want the Netherlands ambassador to return “for some time” as relations quickly deteriorated between the NATO allies after the Dutch government barred Turkey’s foreign minister from flying to the country. In response to the Netherlands’ withdrawing landing permission, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Dutch government of acting like “fascists” and “Nazi remnants”. Turkish authorities blocked the Dutch embassy and consulate as the dispute between the two countries over Turkey’s political campaigning in Europe intensified. Turkey also closed off the residences of the Dutch ambassador, charge d’affaires, and consul general.

A Syrian child fleeing the war

A Syrian child fleeing the war is lifted over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province. Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees onto its territory after an influx of thousands more over the last days .

Syrian refugees wait near the Turkish border

Syrian refugees wait near the Turkish border. Turkey has said it is taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees into its territory after an influx of thousands more over the last few days.

Peace Agreement Between Turkish Governemnt and PKK

English: Scene from an anti-PKK demonstration ...
The recent peace deal between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Turkish government has proven again that war leaves behind nothing but hatred, death and destruction.

Last year, a peace agreement signed between the Phillipine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and another peace agreement between FARC rebels and the Columbian government ended 40 years bloodshed in those nations.

The US is also negotiating with the Taliban after 12 years of useless war in Afghanistan. Recent peace deal and cease fire between PKK rebels and the Turkish government is another big achievement of the Tayyap Ardogan government.

Now, the jailed PKK leader Obdullah has said that the guns must be silent for peace to come to the region.

Ocalan directed all PKK fighters to stop their attacks on Turkish soil and to try to implement a road map for peace. Turkey was faced by terrorist attacks in different parts of the nations and several people lost their lives.

More than 40 thousand people have lost their lives in 30 years of conflicts between the PKK and Turkey.

Turkish forces launched several air strikes in neighboring Iraq to destroy the infrastructure of PKK fighters and to take revenge on PKK attacks, killing several Turkish people. The recent peace deal can bring vital changes to the region and can finish 30 years of conflict between the PKK and the Turkish government.

Khawaja Umer Farooq

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