S-400 shipments to Turkey complete – Russia’s Interfax
Russia has completed the delivery of S-400 missile defence system components to Turkey and is close to agreeing terms on local production with Ankara, Russian news agency Interfax said on Wednesday.
Interfax quoted Alexander Mikheyev, the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport as saying localisation talks with Turkey had reached the final stage, a sign of the close cooperation between Moscow and Ankara in recent years.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a deal worth $2.5 billion to buy two batteries of the S-400 systems from Russia in 2017, raising fears among Turkey’s NATO allies that the presence of Russian technology in an allied country’s defence system could lead to security breaches.
But Erdoğan pushed through with the purchase despite the threat of U.S. sanctions, receiving the first shipment in July this year.
“The works on S-400 [missile systems] continues, Turkey is receiving supply procurements. Currently, bilateral defence industry cooperation will resolutely continue," Erdoğan said on Tuesday after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. The pair reached a deal during the meeting on northeast Syria, where Turkey launched a military operation earlier this month.
All elements of the S-400 systems, including missiles, have been supplied to Turkey, and the two countries have been discussing additional supply, Mikheyev told Interfax.