Ankara-Moscow meet over Russian S-400 missile systems
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULFeb 22, 2017 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Feb 22, 2017 12:00 am
The Russian Tass news agency has reported that Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of state corporation Rostec, says talks are underway for Turkey to purchase Russian S-400 missile systems. "Turkey is interested in S-400 systems. Talks are underway, the key issue is financing," Chemezov said to journalists on the sidelines of the IDEX 2017 international defense exhibition.
Meanwhile, during a joint press conference with Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı in Nicosia yesterday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the negotiations for the S-400 air defense missile system with Russia are "continuing positively."
In November 2016, Turkish National Defense Minister Fikri Işık said Ankara was in talks with Moscow about the possible purchase of S-400 systems, while some Turkish media outlets claimed that Turkey was expecting an offer from Moscow regarding the purchase, in what could be the culmination of Ankara's long-awaited procurement process for a long-range missile defense system. It was also reported that Moscow was leaning toward selling the system to Turkey.
The first foreign buyer of Russian S-400 missile systems was China and the corresponding contract between Moscow and its southeastern neighbor was reportedly signed in the spring of 2015. According to media reports, the deal cost $3 billion. In October 2016, Russia also signed an intergovernmental agreement on S-400 supplies with India.