ANKARA, (BM) – Turkey will begin deploying S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased from Russia in April this year, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan statement.
Recall that back in 2017 Russia and Turkey signed a contract worth 2.5 billion US dollars for the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.
Moscow delivered the first complexes to Ankara last year.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in Moscow yesterday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They discussed the aggravation of the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib.
Today, the Turkish president returned from the Russian capital and talked with Turkish journalists. Among other things, he told them that Moscow had already delivered most of the S-400 under the contract, the deployment of the complexes would begin in April, and now training for deployment specialists was being conducted.
He added that, despite the acquisition of Russian air defense systems, Turkey will not give up the purchase of the US Patriot missile defense systems.
“We explained to the Americans: if you put us a Patriot, we will buy them,” he said.
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