“At the moment, the most important agreement in our modern history is the C-400 deal,” the Haberler portal quoted Erdogan as saying.

However, he stressed that the purchase of the C-400 does not mean that Turkey is preparing for war.

“Air defense systems are designed to ensure peace and security in our country. Other steps we take are being taken to improve our defensive capabilities, ”the Turkish president said.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the delivery of the next set of C-400 components to Turkey as part of the fulfillment of contractual obligations.

At the same time, Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that the United States plans to announce in the coming days sanctions against Turkey in connection with the start of C-400 supplies.

Dmitry Egorchenkov, Director of the Institute of Strategic Studies at the Peoples' Friendship University, in an interview with FBA “Economy Today” expressed confidence that Turkey is aware of the futility of cooperation only with European countries and NATO.