His comments came one day after France said Ankara's decision to buy a missile defense system from Russian Federation was not a "cause for comment" by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, in remarks that contrasted with other members that have raised concerns over the deal. "What were we supposed to do, wait for you?" the Turkish head of state said during a speech in Ankara on Wednesday.
Russian Federation says that S-400 missiles are created to protect vital political, economic, administrative and military facilities from airstrikes, and are considered of the most advanced systems in the air- and anti-missiles defense.
"We will take matters into our own hands". "We are taking precautions and we will continue to do so", the Turkish leader said. The Pentagon reiterated its concerns over the deal, which, it says, undermines inter-operability of weapons systems among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. For this system, there has been no request for integrating it into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air defense system. In 2013, Ankara surprised other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members by announcing that it was going to purchase the FD-2000 system from China, sparking criticism from Washington.
His remark came after USA criticized Ankara's recent decision to purchase S-400 missile systems.
Last month, the Pentagon expressed concern about Turkey's intention to purchase the system.
"If Turkey were to buy these S-400s, as is being reported, . that would of course be a concern of ours", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. US and German Patriot missile batteries, deployed to protect Turkish territory from missile and air threats from the fighting in Syria, were withdrawn in 2015.
USA military support for the Kurdish YPG paramilitary group fighting in Syria, which is closely linked to Kurdish insurgents fighting the Turkish government, has specifically angered Turkey.
The S-400 is Russia's next-generation, most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system.
According to reports in the Russian media, Turkey is to get four batteries of S-400 launchers complete with targeting radar and control posts.