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

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Turkey said Friday it has signed an agreement with Russian Federation for the purchase of the S-400 missile defense systems, Anadolu reported. They also say the missiles can not be integrated into the alliance's own defence system.

In a statement late on Friday, Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) said that Moscow would supply the S-400 missile batteries to Ankara in an initial delivery planned for the first quarter of 2020.

However, the SSM said Turkey would buy two S-400 batteries from Russia under the agreement, with one being optional, and added the systems would be used and managed "independently" by Turkish personnel, rather than Russian advisors.

The deal was signed in the Turkish capital, Ankara on Friday, local media report.

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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.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have warned Turkey about unspecified consequences of purchasing the S-400, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claims ties with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remain strong.

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system with a capacity of carrying three types of missiles that can destroy ballistic and cruise missiles.

Canikli, during a joint news conference held in Tunisia by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, was asked about Sergey Chemezov's remarks in an interview with a Russian newspaper that the deal between the two countries, standing at $2.5 billion, was now concluded.

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