Mar 12 2018

Russia to speed up delivery of S-400s to Turkey - report

Russia will accelerate the handover of S-400 missiles to Turkey on Ankara’s request, Daily Sabah newspaper reported.

The air defence missiles will be delivered in early 2020, Vladimir Kozhin, Russian presidential aide for military cooperation, said in a television interview, the Turkey-based newspaper said.

"Turkey expressed a wish to accelerate its implementation and we managed to find the most appropriate solution as we agreed to accelerate the contract's implementation, so I think we will begin to fulfill it sometime in early 2020," Kozhin told Rossiya 24.

Greece and Greek Cyprus have also made requests for arms, Kozhin said without providing further details.

Turkey has stirred disquiet in Washington and among NATO allies by ordering the system from Russia. It would be the first NATO member to do so. Turkey risks U.S. sanctions by taking delivery of the missiles because the Russian producer and exporter of the system is under U.S. embargo.