Turkey will not give up on Russian S-400 air defense system to acquire U.S. Patriots, the Turkish president said on Wednesday, stressing his country “can buy Patriots too”.
“It is out of question to completely leave Russian S-400 to buy U.S. Patriots. We can buy Patriots too. However, we will buy S-400 as well,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in his flight en route to Ankara from Washington.
“Turkey can buy U.S. Patriots, but we consider offers to buy just Patriots and completely put Russian S-400s aside as an interference in our sovereignty rights,” Erdogan added.