Russia and Turkey agreed on the supply of a second set of S-400 defense systems
MOSCOW, ANKARA, (BM) – Russia and Turkey have agreed in principle on the supply of a second set of S-400 air defense systems. This, as reported by RIA Novosti, said the head of the Secretariat of the Turkish defense industry Ismail Demir, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
As the agency recalls, in 2019 Russia completed the first contract for the supply of four S-400 divisions to Turkey in the amount of $ 2.5 billion. The contract also included an option for another regimental set.
“We have a principal agreement on the supply of a second set of S-400. There remained technical work on technology transfer, details of joint production, a roadmap,” Demir said in an interview with NTV.
According to him, Turkey intends to commission the S-400, despite the delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The S-400 system is bought for use. Dot. This was repeatedly said at all state levels. The work continues” RIA Novosti quotes Demir.
He also stated that in Ankara “is interested in proposals on Patriot and Eurosam air defense systems”.
“If they are specific, we will continue to work on them. According to Patriot, it was still not possible to reach a mature solution. For Eurosam, work started earlier with France and Italy. In the Turkish part, it is almost complete. As soon as the other two countries complete their part, we will move on,” added the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat.
The agency notes that the supply of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which began in mid-July 2019, caused a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States.
Washington demanded to abandon the deal and instead acquire the S-400 to acquire American Patriot systems, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighters to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions in accordance with CAATSA.
Ankara refused to make concessions and continued negotiations on an additional S-400 batch.
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