Turkey denies Russian claims it is to buy additional S-400 air defense missiles

17 August, 01:42 PM
S-400 systems (Photo:DEFENSEEXPRESS/Twitter)

S-400 systems (Photo:DEFENSEEXPRESS/Twitter)

Turkish authorities have denied Russian claims that the Turkish army has agreed to purchase additional S-400 air defense systems, reported Bloomberg on Aug. 16.

Earlier, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technological Cooperation, Dmitry Shugaev, said that the contract also provided for local production in Turkey of components for Russian S-400 air defense systems.

"Turkey’s defense procurement agency SSB denied that a second purchase agreement had been signed, saying there had been no change in the terms since an initial deal was inked in 2017" a source told Bloomberg.

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In July 2019, deliveries of Russian S-400 air defense systems for the needs of the Turkish army began. Ankara explained that the contract with Moscow was "dictated by reality" as Turkey's airspace is unprotected.

Plans to purchase Russian air defense systems caused serious concern in the United States.

Washington said the Russian missile system was designed to destroy U.S. and allied aircraft, including the new generation F-35 fighter jets. The U.S. administration also called Turkey's purchase of the S-400 "incompatible" with the sale of the F-35.

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