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Talks on supplying Russian S-400 to Turkey progress

14 July 2017 [18:10] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews


By Kamila Aliyeva 

The issue of supplying Russian S-400 system to Turkey was repeatedly discussed in late 2016 and early 2017, however, concrete prospects have remained unclear until recently.

Turkish Ambassador to Russia Hyussein Dirioz recently announced that a progress has been achieved in the issue of supplying Russian S-400 systems, RIA Novosti reported.

"Technical advances are progressing in a positive direction, contacts are continuing," the ambassador said, answering the question on whether a contract has already been signed for the delivery of Russian S-400 air missile defense system to Ankara.

The envoy further added that Turkey's membership in NATO does not prevent the supply of Russian S-400 SAM systems.

"Turkey's membership in NATO does not hamper the implementation of a multi-vector foreign policy, including the delivery of S-400 complexes to Ankara," the ambassador said at a press conference.

Previously, Presidential Aide Vladimir Kozhin noted that Russia sees no obstacles to the delivery of the S-400 to Turkey in connection with its membership in NATO.

In early June, General Director of Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said that Russia and Turkey agreed on all technical issues on the conclusion of a contract for the supply of Ankara S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.

The S-400 is Russia's next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

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