Ankara, Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday US sanctions imposed on Turkey over its acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense system will fail in what he said was their aim of deterring Turkey’s indigenous defense industry efforts.

In a televised video conference address, Erdogan said the sanctions showed a hostile stance by the United States against its NATO ally, but that problems created by them would be overcome.

President Erdogan says CAATSA was applied to our country for the first time’. CAATSA has not been applied to any country other than Turkey. It was applied to our country for the first time. This decision is a public attack on the sovereign rights of our country.

The main goal is to make us dependent by cutting the way for the breakthroughs that our country has started in the defense industry.