Turkey may get S-400 systems ahead of schedule: defense minister
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 27
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey may get S-400 air missile defense systems from Russia ahead of schedule, said Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, Turkish media reported March 27.
Canikli also noted that Turkey and Russia do not have any problems hindering the purchase of the S-400 systems.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim noted that the talks between Ankara and Washington regarding the purchase of Patriot air defense systems could not be considered as an alternative to the acquisition of Russia's S-400 systems.
The negotiations between Turkey and Russia on the purchase of the S-400 systems were revealed in November 2016.
Turkey will become the first NATO member state to receive the S-400 systems from Russia. The number of systems to be delivered was not officially specified.
Earlier, Russian presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said the contract to deliver S-400 systems to Turkey would begin to be implemented at the beginning of 2020.
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