Russia: Deal signed with Ankara for second S-400 array – No new deal, Turkey says

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Russia and Turkey signed a contract to send a second batch of S-400 air defense systems to Ankara, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday, citing the head of Russia’s military cooperation agency.

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“The contract for the supply of Turkey for a second S-400 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) has been signed, while the document implies the identification of the production of individual components of the system,” said the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS). , Dmitry Shugaev, on the sidelines of the international forum Army-2022 in Moscow.

“The contract with Turkey is currently being implemented,” Shugaev added, and confidently stated that in the coming years, any country is unlikely to design a system that could compete with the S-400 Triumf missile systems: “The system air defense system S-400 Triumph is a unique system. And I can state with full confidence that, there is no reason to believe that in the coming years any state will create a system that, in terms of its performance characteristics, could approach the air defense system S-400 Triumph,” it says.

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“The difficult political situation that has developed this year has negatively affected some aspects of the interaction between the Russian side and the partners. However, military-technical cooperation with Turkey is developing in accordance with the agreements reached between the presidents of the two countries . We plan to continue working with our Turkish partners, on a transparent and mutually beneficial basis,” Sugayev concluded.

Turkey’s initial purchase of the Russian S-400 system in 2020 angered the United States, a NATO ally, which sanctioned Turkish defense officials in retaliation.

Turkey says no deal

Contrary to Russian statements, a Turkish defense official said on Tuesday that “there are no new agreements”.

“The original contract signed with Russia for the purchase of the S400 already included two batches. The purchase of a second batch was included in the original plan and the related contract,” the official said, quoted by Reuters.

“Therefore, we do not have any specific developments worth mentioning. The process is ongoing and there are no new agreements.”

Petros Kranias

Source: Capital

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