Russian Federation confirms missile defense system sale to Turkey

30 December, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • US keeps persuading Turkey not to buy Russian missile systems — Pentagon

Russia will supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400 surface-to-air missiles for $2.5 billion under a deal that is nearly complete, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, told the Kommersant daily today.

The move has alarmed Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies amid tensions with Moscow.

Some NATO countries have expressed worries that the S-400 system is not compatible with the alliance's weapons systems. Each missile battery can simultaneously hit 80 different targets with two missiles each.

But relations have since gone from strength to strength, with Moscow and Ankara cooperating over Syria and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin meeting eight times in 2017 alone. The Turkish-Russian agreement on supplies of Russia-made S-400 air defense missile systems also provides for technological cooperation between the two countries, Haberturk TV said on Friday, citing Turkey's defense industry executive committee.

"They are paying 45 percent of the total contract amount as an advance".

National Defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli on Wednesday confirmed an earlier statement by the head of Russia's state defense corporation Rostec that the S-400 deal had been concluded.

Russian news agency TASS quoted Chemezov as saying that the finance ministries of Turkey and Russia had completed the negotiations and the first of the deliveries was scheduled for early 2020.



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