The access of Russian military to Turkish S-400 system was blocked, Turkey said

ANKARA, (BM) – The Russian military was banned from being at military facilities where the ongoing deployment of S-400 air defense / missile defense systems, learned, citing the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate Ismail Demir statement.

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According to Demir, control over the S-400 completely passes to the Turkish military, and the maintenance of these complexes will be entrusted to Turkish companies.

“The head of the defense industry, Ismail Demir, said that the installation process for the S-400 air defense and missile defense system, which was delayed due to coronavirus, is ongoing <…> Russian employees will not be able to access the S-400 batteries as they wish” Demir said – “The installation process of the S-400 systems continues, and some systems were put into operation. Although the supply agreement includes items such as training, maintenance, and technical support, the Russian personnel will not be able to access the S-400 batteries as they please. This is our red line. Turkish companies and the Turkish Air Force will be the parties that relate to systems and do business” said the Turkish Miliyet news publication.

What exactly is the reason for the Russian military’s blocking access to the S-400s located in Turkey is unknown.

Experts believe that this is due to possible risks that Russia can really gain control of the Turkish S-400s, since this country is a member of NATO.

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It is not known exactly when it is planned to complete the deployment of the S-400 in Turkey, however, earlier there was information that the process could drag on until the end of this year, due to the very serious economic problems of Ankara and the intention to get a loan from the United States.


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