Erdogan says he intends to buy more Russian S-400 systems

21:44, 26 September 2021
Erdogan says he intends to buy more Russian S-400 systems Photo: Goodvint/

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country still intends to buy more S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

Turkey buying S-400 systems worsened the relations with Washington and led to the US imposing sanctions on Turkey.

Erdogan said that no one can interfere in Turkey's personal matters including the issue of defense systems that Turkey intends to buy.

Erdogan also spoke on the Afghan issue. 

He said that his country expects the Taliban to form an "inclusive" government, before striking an agreement regarding the management of Kabul Airport.

Erdogan explained that the government in Afghanistan currenty "does not include everyone, and as long as it is so, we will not go to Afghanistan. But if the government is more open, then Turkey can go."

The Turkish President also reminded about the importance of the security of Kabul Airport and Turkey's responsibility for its management. 

Before the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban's takeover of the country in August, Turkey which is a member of NATO offered to take control over the security of Kabul Airport.

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan,Turkey also began discussions with the country's new rulers to help run the airport, which is vital for humanitarian missions.