Ankara expects that the first battery of s-400 will deliver by the end of 2019

© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli in fotomontagen complex With-400. Archival photoAnkara expects that the first battery of s-400 will deliver by the end of 2019© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli the image Bank

Ankara expects that the first battery Russian anti-aircraft missile complexes (AAMS) s-400 will be delivered to Turkey by the end of 2019, and then begin their joint production.

«S-400 has been done many unfair attacks in Turkey. We held long negotiations with the Western allies (supplying of SAM), but to no avail. And then we voiced our wishes to other countries, made a tender. The Russian side gave the best offer by the end of next year, the first battery of s-400 will be delivered to Turkey, and then will begin joint production», — said the press Secretary of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin, speaking at a public forum «Russian-Turkish relations: shaping the image of the future» in Ankara.

He did not rule out that Turkey may acquire American Patriot air defense system. «We have a great need for such systems, and if we get a good offer not just on supply, but also in joint production, we shall accept it. Turkey is not a country that relies on a single alternative. And the delivery of s-400 must be assessed from this point of view. We are not going to attack anyone, only defend against possible attacks,» added Kalin.

The credit agreement for the supply of anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 to Turkey was signed in December 2017 in Ankara. Part of this deal, Turkey will pay for itself — the funds provided by the Russian defense loan. As was stated by the head of state Corporation «rostec» Sergey Chemezov, it is about the supply four battalions of s-400 in the amount of $ 2.5 billion. In turn, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the contract includes an option after the main part of the delivery. The Minister of defence of Turkey, Hulusi Akar has previously stated that the installation of s-400 will start in Turkey in October 2019.

Congress, in turn, had previously stated that he intends to suspend the delivery of F-35 Turkey because of Ankara’s plans to purchase Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400. The senators have made in the defense budget amendment, according to which the Secretary of defense shall make the report on assessment of the potential of «significant changes» in the supply of aircraft in Turkey. Until then, until the report is ready, the delivery has been made to freeze at all.

Ankara expects that the first battery of s-400 will deliver by the end of 2019© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in foobarcardservice s-400 «Triumph»