Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that the U.S. Patriot missile system was not an alternative to the S-400 deal Ankara had reached with Moscow.
“Turkey is a NATO member, thereby NATO’s borders begin with Turkey’s southern borders. We look at any effort to protect Turkey’s southern border warmly,” said Yıldırım. “Despite some errors committed by the United States in Syria, Washington is still our ally. The U.S.’s Patriot missile system is not an alternative to the S-400s,” he added. Turkey and the U.S. have been trying to iron out a number of issues, principally concerning the YPG/PKK terror group in Syria, a group the U.S. has worked with, calling it a “reliable ally” in the fight against Daesh. Turkey and the U.S. have established working groups to disc
In December last year, Turkey and Russia signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, finalizing a deal set to deepen military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin.