Speaking at AK Party's Parliamentary Group Meeting, President Erdogan noted that Turkey continues with its multilateral searches regarding its security needs, and said: We will start to take delivery of the S-400 air defense systems, which we have already ordered, next month. We have also always been open to different supply options concerning our security needs. Turkey does not need to negotiate with, take permission from or bow down to pressures of any country while fulfilling its own security requirements.
President and Justice and Development (AK) Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at the party's parliamentary group meeting.
Commencing his speech by expressing his wish for the rerun of the Istanbul mayoral election held on June 23 to lead to favorable developments for the city and Turkey, President Erdogan once again congratulated Republican People's Party's (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu for his victory according to unofficial results and underlined that the Istanbulites' decision is most welcome.
PROCUREMENT OF S-400S FROM RUSSIA
Touching upon Turkey's purchase of the S-400s from Russia, President Erdogan underlined that Turkey continues with its multilateral searches regarding its security needs, and said: We will start to take delivery of the S-400 air defense systems, which we have already ordered, next month. We have also always been open to different supply options concerning our security needs. Turkey does not need to negotiate with, take permission from or bow down to pressures of any country while fulfilling its own security requirements. The S-400 issue is directly related to our sovereign rights and we will not back down on it.
WE HAVE THWARTED ALL THE EFFORTS AIMED AT MAKING TURKEY A PART OF THE CRISIS IN OUR REGION
Drawing attention to the attempts to isolate Turkey at a time when developments of critical importance concerning the region and the world have been taking place, President Erdogan said: The objective here is to push Turkey out of the global game that is being redesigned. We have seen the intention at the outset and accordingly completed our preparations. Not yielding to threats, we have taken a clear stance without the slightest concession on our country's fundamental diplomatic, security and economic priorities.
President Erdogan continued as follows: We determinedly take steps to render the separatist terrorist organization ineffective both at home and abroad. Through our operations, we have scored achievements that would prevent at the source the attacks on our country from northern Iraq. We have foiled all the attacks of the terrorist organization against our gains in Syria. We have thwarted all the efforts aimed at making Turkey a part of the crisis in our region.
TENSION IN THE GULF
Regarding the tension in the Gulf, President Erdogan stated: Tension in the Gulf poses a grave threat to not only Turkey but the whole world. We fulfill our responsibilities in order for this tension to be ended in a manner that observes the rights of the countries in the region.
WE WILL NEVER ALLOW ATTEMPTS THAT DISREGARD TURKEY'S AND TURKISH CYPRIOTS' RIGHTS IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
On the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, President Erdogan underscored that Turkey will resolutely maintain the steps its takes in the region until it makes sure any kind of natural resources in the region is fairly shared. We will never allow attempts that disregard Turkey's and Turkish Cypriots' rights and interests, highlighted President Erdogan, adding that Turkish vessels will carry on with their drilling and exploration activities while the Turkish Armed Forces take necessary measures for their security in the Eastern Mediterranean.
President Erdogan further stressed that Turkey, Greece and the U.K. have the right to speak about Cyprus as guarantor powers but that France has no say in the matter.
Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey