Turkish official says new deal for Russian S-400s close at hand
A security official from 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.
“The date of the purchase of a second set of S-400s is just a technical question. I think it will happen before too long,” Reuters cited the official as saying.
The head of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport on Nov. 26 said Russia planned to sign a new contract to supply Turkey with additional S-400s in 2020.
Turkey has been suspended from the programme for the joint production of F-35 fighter jets over its purchase of Russian systems, and it risks more extensive measures from the United States under a 2017 law designed to prevent third parties from dealing with Russia.
Turkey took the delivery of S-400s in July despite objections from its NATO allies and activated the systems for testing on Nov. 25.