Hurriyet: Turkish President Erdoğan vows to give new weapons to military13 September 2017 | 20:25 | FOCUS News Agency
“We will do whatever is necessary to keep this state alive. We will do this with armed drones and with tanks and cannons. We will do it by equipping our security forces with all necessary weapons,” Erdoğan said on Sept. 13, speaking at a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) mayors in the capital Ankara.
He also slammed a reaction from NATO allies over Ankara’s recent decision to purchase S-400 missile systems from Russia, stating that there had “gone crazy” over the deal.
“They went crazy just because we made the S-400 deal. What were we supposed to do? Wait for you? We are taking care of ourselves. We are taking security measures and will continue to do so,” Erdoğan said.
“America and Israel were always very reluctant to give their unmanned air vehicle products. And when they did give them, their repair and maintenance put us in a difficult position. Now, Turkey can produce its own UAVs, even armed ones. And they are disturbed by that fact. We will do better things. We are taking important steps,” he added.
A day earlier, Erdoğan had declared that Ankara had “signed [an agreement on] S-400s,” and that a deposit had already been paid for the systems.
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