Moscow announced the sale of the second regiment of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey, Russia is already working on the implementation of the contract. This was announced by the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev. Earlier, the purchase of the first regiment by Ankara caused sanctions from the United States, Washington believes that the purchase of the complexes is contrary to the obligations of a NATO member.
Shugaev reported about the contract at the Army-2022 forum in Moscow. He did not say when the deal was concluded, but specified that it implies a partial localization of the production of complexes in Turkey. According to him, the “difficult political situation” “influenced some aspects of the interaction of the Russian side with partners,” but military-technical cooperation with Turkey continues.
The S-400 Triumph is a long-range and medium-range missile system, it was put into service in 2007, in addition to Turkey, Moscow supplied it to China and India, and operates in Syria. Moscow and Ankara signed a contract for the supply of complexes in 2017. Turkey became the first NATO country to acquire these systems.
Washington has repeatedly demanded that Ankara abandon the complexes. Turkey responded by saying that the allies were unable to provide analogues on acceptable terms.
Earlier, the United States refused to supply Turkey with F-35 fighter jets due to the purchase of S-400s and put several Turkish officials on the sanctions list. A number of American and European media outlets reported, citing anonymous sources, that Washington was offering to hand over the already delivered missile systems to Ukraine in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. However, in April Ankara declared about readiness to buy a second regiment of missiles.