Ankara, Turkey. In the new Turkey, post Erdogan consolidation of power sees a new era of interesting new possibilities for Russia as one example is the confirmation of the S-400 missile system to Ankara, beating out western systems.
Russia and Turkey just reached an agreement in on the delivery of Russian made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey and are negotiating the price and joint production issues, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today.
” We have agreed in principle but I can’t say anything on technical issues.” Turkish media sources confirmed him as saying. Speaking about the options of purchasing air defense missile systems from NATO countries, Cavusoglu said that Turkey “would like to buy them from NATO but they have not demonstrated movement in this direction.”
November last year was when Russia and Turkey were negotiating the deliveries of S-400 air defense missile systems and in March this year Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said that Ankara had expressed its desire to obtain a loan from Russia on buying armaments, including antiaircraft missile complexes of this type.
The S-400 missile system is an advanced Russian made long-range system that went into service in Russia in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground objectives.