Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country made a Deposit for the purchase of Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400. About this newspaper Hürriyet.
“Our friends have agreed on With-400. As far as I know, paid the first installment. The next step is to transfer the loan to us from Russia. And I, and Mr. [President Vladimir] Putin is determined on this issue,” said Erdogan to the journalists on arrival from Kazakhstan on 10 September.
At the same time, on the signing of a contract to supply s-400 in an interview with TASS said the Russian presidential aide on military-technical cooperation (MTC) Vladimir Kozhin. According to him, the contract is prepared for execution.
“The s-400 is one of the most complex systems, consisting of a set of hardware, so there are a lot of nuances. I can only guarantee that all decisions made under this contract strictly in accordance with our strategic interests. In this connection, we fully understand the reaction of some Western countries who are trying to exert pressure on Turkey,” — said Kozhin.
Russia’s readiness to sell s-400 to Turkey announced in early June, President Vladimir Putin.
The first statement of intent of Turkey to the C-400 appeared in the fall of 2016. In the spring of 2017, the question was repeatedly discussed at the highest level, including twice in March and in may — at the bilateral meetings between Putin and Erdogan.
In July, the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the Armed forces of the United States Joseph Dunford said that Washington would be dismayed by the Turkey purchase of air defense systems s-400. Later the Pentagon chief James Mattis has called Turkey’s plans to buy its sovereign decision.
S-400 “Triumph” — multi-channel long-range air defense missile systems, with several types of missiles of various ranges. Developed in 2000-e years in the NGO “Almaz” under the leadership of Alexander Leman, develops solutions used in the system s-300PMU-2 “Favorit”. On the arms were adopted in 2007.