Russia and Turkey are discussing a potential delivery of a new batch of Russian S-400 missile systems, Sputnik cited a senior official at a Russian military cooperation agency as saying.
“The sale of a new batch of S-400s to Turkey is still on our agenda; it did not fall of our agenda. We are trying to agree on the system’s scope, the delivery date and other conditions,” the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told a Russian defense magazine.
“We are currently in a dialogue; we hope that in a foreseeable future we will meet on a common ground,” the official, Dmitry Shugaev, said.
The contract for the first batch of the S-400s did not have a clause regarding a joint production with Turkey, but there is a possibility that the second contract might allow Turkey to manufacture the system jointly with Russia to a certain extent, Shugaev said.
Russia said in September 2017 that it had signed a $2.5 billion contract for supplies of its S-400 missile systems with Turkey. The first batch under the contract was delivered to Ankara by air transport in July 2019.
Ankara’s purchase of the S-400s has been the source of a conflict between Turkey and the United States, which says that the system is incompatible with NATO systems.
Last year, Washington removed Turkey from the F-35 programme, in which Ankara was a manufacturer and buyer. Washington still hopes to persuade its ally to “walk away” from the Russian systems.