Turkey-Russia Talks on S-400 Deliveries 'Positive' - Turkish Foreign Minster

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 22, 2017

The defense minister said that the Russian S-400 missile systems were the best option for a temporary solution at the moment.

When asked about other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members states' concerns, Isik said, "I think they will understand. Some NATO countries also have non-NATO systems".

He also revealed that Turkey had launched a new program, which would focus on the country's own air defense systems.

The Russian Tass news agency reported on Tuesday that Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of state corporation Rostec, said talks were underway for Turkey to purchase Russian S-400 missile systems.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey chose China as a preferred bidder in 2013, but the move prompted US concern about security and the compatibility of the weaponry with systems of the alliance. "Talks are underway, the key issue is financing", Chemezov reportedly said to journalists on the sidelines of the IDEX 2017 worldwide defense exhibition. Negotiations between Russian Federation and Turkey over a likely purchase of S-400 missile systems proceed positively, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a visit to Northern Cyprus. In October 2016, Russian Federation also signed an intergovernmental agreement on S-400 supplies with India.

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