Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey signs deal to buy missiles from Russian Federation

Turkey signs deal to buy missiles from Russian Federation

National Defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli confirmed the statement and added that the S-400 deal had been concluded.

Mustafa Timur Ozkan, the organizer of the photo exhibition where Russian Ambassador in Ankara Andrey Karlov was killed in 2016, was arrested in Ankara on charges of involvement in the murder, local media reported on Thursday. By 2020, we plan to start the first supplies to the neighboring country, said the official, who acknowledged that until now it is the only country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to acquire this system.

The head of the Russian state conglomerate Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said earlier that Russia would supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400s for $2.5 billion under the deal.

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Russia's S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the latest long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007.

The reason for the discrepancy over the number of batteries Russian Federation would supply Turkey was not immediately clear. It is created to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets. It's capable of shooting down ballistic missile warheads along with aircraft and cruise missiles.

Earlier on Friday, Turkish newspapers cited Erdogan as saying Turkey would borrow in the Russian currency in a loan deal under the accord.

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Russia and Turkey support opposing sides in the Syrian war, but Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin patched up relations that were badly damaged when Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border in November 2015.

Some NATO countries have expressed worries that the S-400 system is not compatible with the alliance's weapons systems.

"The system can be used independently without any external connection", it said.

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