Moscow says waiting on Ankara for final decision on second batch of S-400 systems

Russia is awaiting Turkey’s final decision on the delivery of the second batch of S-400 missile defence systems, Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation head Dmitry Shugayev told Turkish broadcaster Ecotürk TV on Tuesday.

Dialogue between Ankara and Moscow on the deliveries of the second regimental batch of the S-400 are at an advanced stage, Shugayev said.

"We await the final decision of the Turkish side", he told Ecotürk TV, adding that restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic prevent discussion on a time frame for a contract on the deal.

Shugayev also said Turkey had ordered $1 billion worth of Russian military equipment.

Turkey received its first shipment of S-400s in July of last year, in a move that has soured relations with its NATO allies, who say the Russian-built hardware could lead to subterfuge against advanced NATO weaponry.

The United States halted delivery of 100 F-35 stealth fighter jets and suspended Turkey’s participation in the programme to build them after it started receiving the S-400 batteries. Ankara also faces possible U.S. economic sanctions in response to the decision.

The missile systems were due to be activated in April. 

Last month, Turkish Presidency spokesman İbrahim Kalın said Turkey’s plans to activate the S-400 missile defence systems were still going ahead “in principle” despite a lengthy delay.