Russia and Turkey had reached an agreement on Russian S-400 missile systems deliveries to Turkey. Ankara has already paid a deposit to Moscow to buy air defense systems, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after his visit to Kazakhstan, the Hurriyet daily reported.
"Our friends have already signed [a deal on] S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know. The process will continue by the transfer of credit from Russia to us. Both Mr. Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue," Erdogan told journalists.
The accord for the surface-to-air missile defense batteries is Ankara’s most significant pact with a non-NATO supplier, reports the New Straits Times.
Russia’s S-400 Triumf is the latest long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. According to TASS news agency, it is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground objectives. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.