Turkey plans to use the Russian-made S-400 missile systems if the country comes under attack, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on his way back from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Some ask why are we buying [the S-400 systems] and making such an investment. If the need arises, we will have the right to use them. If someone attacks us, we will employ these air defense systems. This is why we are making such an investment,” Erdogan said, as cited by the Hurriyet newspaper.

Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s plans concerning the joint production of the S-400 systems. “As for joint production, we don’t have any issues with Russia. At the very beginning of our talks with President Putin, we reached an agreement on that. I hope that we will launch joint production, there are no problems at the moment. However, those who want us to abandon the S-400 purchase, continue to make speculations,” the Turkish president pointed out.

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