President Tayyip Erdogan says Tukey needs the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries and will procure them as soon as possible.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for military officers, Erdogan said Turkey also needs F-35 fighter jets and will continue to pay its installments to procure them from the United States.

He said Ankara needs to cooperate with other countries as much as it needs the partnership and alliance with the United States and European Union.

Turkey and the United States are at odds over Washington’s objections to Ankara’s ambition to buy Russian defense systems.