“The United States does not know who it is dealing with. You said to send the S-400 back to Russia. But we are not a tribal state, we are Turkey,” the Turkish leader said during a speech at a rally in Malatya.
Erdogan also suggested that the United States impose sanctions that Turkey’s overseas partner has been threatening since the signing of the contract for the supply of S-400 to the Republic. “Whatever the sanctions are, don’t be late, introduce them,” the President said.
Besides, Erdogan recalled that Turkey “paid money for [American fifth-generation fighters] F-35, but the United States did not deliver them to it.”
On Friday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that S-400 tests were conducted on October 16. Erdogan noted that Turkey intends to continue testing the air defense system without considering the US position on this issue. Even before the Turkish President confirmed the information about the test of Russian air defense systems, the state Department claimed that such actions contradict Turkey’s obligations under NATO. In turn, the Turkish Defense Ministry on Saturday rejected these accusations from the American side.