Moscow and Ankara have agreed on the supply of Russian s-400 to Turkey. The negotiations on the deal continued for a few months and caused concern in Washington. In the Kremlin to comment on Erdogan”s statement refused
Anti-aircraft missile system s-400 “Triumph”
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that it has signed an agreement to purchase Russian anti-aircraft missile systems C-400. Such a statement he made during his speech at the meeting of the ruling justice and development Hurriуet reports the Daily News.
“With Russia we took the necessary steps. Digital signatures, and hopefully we will see s-400 in our country. And will conduct their joint production”, — said Erdogan.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on Erdogan”s statement, reports “Interfax”. “No comment,” he said.
Previously RBC reported that Russia offered Turkey to buy anti-aircraft missile system s-400 at a price of $500 million for the division. Negotiations on deliveries of Russian weapons Turkey continued for several months. In particular, the issue of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Turkey was discussed during the visit of the Turkish President in Sochi in early may.
In mid-July, Bloomberg, citing its sources in Ankara said that Turkey has agreed to purchase from Russia the complexes C-400 for a total of $2.5 billion, According to him, according to preliminary Russian-Turkish agreement, in the following year, Ankara will receive two missile system s-400 from Russia, and then two more will be produced in Turkey.
According to the source RBC, Turkey insisted on the transfer of technology of s-400 and the joint production of the individual parts of the complex. According to the source RBC, close to the Kremlin, Russia is not ready to transfer their technologies. “Moreover, this topic was not raised at the interagency negotiations, but only unilaterally, spoke to the negotiation process with Turkey, Russia immediately refused, the question was closed”, — said the interlocutor of RBC.
In late July, the head of the chiefs of staff U.S. army General Joseph Dunford expressed doubt that the deal can take place, however, he noted that the prospect of purchase by Turkey of Russian weapons was “a concern” in Washington. “That would be a cause for concern if they did it, but so far this has not happened,” said Dunford.
Pentagon chief James Mattis said that if Turkey will buy Russian s-400, the question arises about the compatibility of Russian complexes with the technique of NATO.
Commenting on this issue during his speech on 25 July, Erdogan said that the purchase by Turkey of Russian complexes should not bother Washington, noting that Greece, which is a NATO member, has for several years utilizing Russian C-300. “Why will this cause tension? The country must find the perfect path to their own security,” he said.
In early June, the General Director of “Rostec” Sergey Chemezov stated that the parties agreed on the technical issues at the conclusion of the contract on delivery of rocket complexes to Turkey. In late June, Russian presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said that the unresolved question of the amount of the loan, which Russia may allocate Turkey. “The contract is agreed upon, the question on the loan is not yet resolved,” — said Kozhin (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
S-400 “Triumph” (NATO classification — SA-21 Growler) is a Russian anti-aircraft missile system large and medium-range missiles designed to destroy air and space attack. The system is capable of hitting aerodynamic targets at ranges up to 400 km, entered service in April 2007.
S-400 can shoot down at range up to 60 km and tactical ballistic targets flying at a speed of up to 4.8 km/s. Radar AAMS provide a means of detecting air targets at ranges up to 600 km anti-aircraft missiles can hit aerodynamic targets at altitudes up to 27 km and ballistic targets — up to 25 km.