MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia expects in the foreseeable future to agree to supply Turkey with an additional batch of S-400 air defense systems, Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTS), said in an interview with Interfax, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“The issue of an additional batch of S-400 Turkey on the agenda, it has not gone anywhere. We are agreeing on the composition of the system, delivery time and other conditions,” he said.
“A negotiation process is underway today, and we hope that in the foreseeable future we will come to a common denominator,” said Shugaev.
“This future is visible. I repeat, no one has removed this issue. There is no reason to say that the topic has been“ sheathed ”or not on the agenda,” the head of the Federal Service for Military Transport of Russia said.
As reported, Turkey bought four S-400 divisions from Russia. On October 23, 2019, Rosoboronexport announced that Russia had fulfilled this contract ahead of schedule by supplying Turkey with all the elements of the S-400 systems, including missiles.
We recall that Russia and Turkey will start joint production of S-400 defense system and transfer of technologies, according head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate Ismail Demir statement on December 14, 2019.
The news about the Russian-Turkish talks on the purchase of S-400 systems first came in November 2016. The Russian side confirmed that the contract had been signed on September 12, 2017. Concurrently, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara had made an advance payment. Turkey is the first NATO member state purchased an air defense weapon of this class from Russia.
The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey on July 12, 2019.
The S-400’s deal between Russia and Turkey was seriously criticized by NATO allies and the US President Donald Trump.
On December 12, 2019, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate voted to adopt a package of sanctions against Turkey over Ankara’s operation in northeastern Syria and the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.
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