By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu
ANKARA (AA) - The purchase of Russian S-400 air defense system is a matter of Turkey's sovereignty, an independent Turkish lawmaker said on Wednesday.
"This is a matter of Turkey's sovereignty, I am glad S-400s are coming," Ozturk Yilmaz, a lawmaker from eastern Ardahan province, told the journalists in the parliament.
Yilmaz said he supports Turkey's firm stance on the purchase of S-400 air defense system.
Delivery of the long-range air defense systems continued, with 14 shipments so far having landed in Turkey over last six days.
Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the U.S. with no success, Ankara signed a contract in 2017 to purchase the S-400s from Russia.
U.S. officials urged Turkey to buy U.S. Patriot missiles, arguing the Russian system would be incompatible with NATO systems and expose the F-35s to possible Russian subterfuge.
Turkey, however, emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance. It has urged the formation of a commission to clarify any technical issues, but the U.S. has failed to respond to Turkey’s proposal.
The U.S. threatened sanctions over the purchase, with Turkey responding that any sanctions would be met in kind.