Turkey-Russia S-400 systems contract also envisages technological cooperation

Russia and Turkey sign deal on supply of S-400 air defense system – media

Turkey will have to pay $1.125 Billion as cash for the S-400 purchase (45 per cent of $2.5 billion).

National Defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli on Wednesday confirmed an earlier statement by the head of Russia's state defense corporation Rostec that the S-400 deal had been concluded.

As part of NATO's collective defense pledge, the allies integrate their ships, planes and weapons systems to make them work together, as well as sharing command across the alliance.

Earlier this week, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said the two countries sorted out the remaining details behind the deal, agreeing that Ankara is to receive two systems and four batteries from Russian Federation.

Negotiations on the S-400 deal were first announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in September. Moscow expected to begin the first deliveries in March 2020, he said.

Turkey's move to acquire the S-400s also is regarded in some Western capitals as a snub to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation amid tensions with Russian Federation over its role in the wars in Syria and eastern Ukraine.

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.

"We will not borrow in dollars in this loan, we will borrow in roubles", Hurriyet newspaper quoted Erdogan as telling reporters on his plane, returning from a trip to Africa.

He said the Russian and Turkish finance ministries had already completed talks on financing the deal and that the final documents just needed to be approved.

The Defense Industries agency said the Russian system would be operated under the full control of the Turkish military and "in an independent manner, without any links to any outside elements".

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