Russia, Turkey likely to sign contract for new S-400s next year - Russian official
Russia and Turkey are likely to sign a new contract for the delivery of a new batch of Russian S-400 air defence missiles in 2020, the Interfax news agency cited a senior official at a Russian military cooperation agency as saying on Friday.
Russia is also ready to supply fighter jets to Turkey at competitive prices, the agency cited the head of the Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation as saying.
Turkey started receiving delivery of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in July, despite objections from its NATO allies concerned that the Russian system could access sensitive data on F-35 stealth fighter jets.
The United States halted the delivery of 100 F-35s Turkey had purchased and suspended Turkey’s participation to the programme to help build the fifth generation stealth fighters. Turkey also risks U.S. sanctions that can be imposed under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) over its decision to acquire the Russian weapons.
A security official at the Turkish Presidency said the country would soon purchase more Russian S-400 missile defence systems, Reuters reported on Monday, citing Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
Turkey is also about to reach a deal with Russia over the purchase of Su-35 fighter jets and jointly producing some components of the jets, Sabah newspaper reported last month.