Turkey-Russia Missile Defence Deal Closer to Being Finalised

A deal between Turkey and Russia over the purchase of Russian made S-400 Triumf long-range air missile defence systems is making progress, with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reporting on 21 February that the talks are moving forward positively.

Turkey’s Defence Minister Fikri Isik mentioned on 22 February that Turkey was seeking the missile defence systems to address its urgent air defence need and that at this time Russia is the most suitable candidate to fulfil it. Ankara attempted to purchase the S-400 systems from China in 2013, but had to cancel the tender in 2015 due to pressure from NATO. Isik believes that NATO will understand and empathise with Turkey’s position and added that other NATO members use systems purchased outside of NATO, referring to the Russian S-300 systems in Greece. Russia has previously only sold the systems to India and China.

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