Published On: Mon, Nov 13th, 2017

Turkish official: Turkey’s S-400 purchase not a message to NATO

Turkish official: Turkey's S-400 purchase not a message to NATO

Turkey‘s decision to buy an advanced missile defence system from Russia is not aimed at sending any political messages, a Turkish official has said, a day after Ankara announced the finalisation of a deal that might affect its relations with NATO.

Ahmet Berat Conkar, head of the Turkish delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly, said the purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft missiles was solely based on technical and financial reasons.

“Turkey’s picked S-400 over other options because the missile system possesses more advanced technical features than its rivals, with a better price and shorter delivery time,” Conkar, who is a member of parliament for the ruling AK party, told Al Jazeera.

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