Turkey and Russia are continuing talks in a deal that could see Ankara purchase S-400 air defence missile systems, Turkish Ambassador to Moscow Huseyin Dirioz said yesterday.

Speaking to media in Moscow, Dirioz said that Turkey is a NATO member however this does not stop Ankara adopting a multidimensional policy. The talks do not counter Turkish interests in other fields, he explained.

Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Russia’s state-owned arms manufacturer Rostec Corporation, has previously announced that a preliminary agreement in the talks with Turkey was reached.

The S-400 Russian defence system is one of a new generation which is designed to destroy planes, jets, as well as cruise and ballistic missiles.

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