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Russia Signs New S-400 Contract With Turkey, Prepares To Deliver First Batch To India

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Russia Signs New S-400 Contract With Turkey, Prepares To Deliver First Batch To India

Coverage provided by 2 S-400 missile defense systems and radars. Click to see full-size image

On August 23rd, Russia signed a contract on the delivery of a second batch of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey.

The two sides were currently discussing the financial terms, according to the Head of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev.

“The contract has been signed,” the chief executive said, replying to the corresponding question.

The sides are now discussing “the financial arrangement of implementing the contract,” he specified.

The Rosoboronexport chief said that the timeframe of implementing the contract would depend “on our partners’ readiness to finally resolve the procedural issues with the financing of this project.”

The US continues to strongly oppose Turkey operating its first S-400 missile defense system.

Recently, U.S. senators proposed to legally allow the Pentagon to buy out the S-400s already supplied by Russia to Turkey in order to prevent them from being put on alert, threatened with sanctions and promised that if Turkey would continue with the purchase and operation, then Ankara’s bans from the F-35 fighter jet program will not be lifted, as well as receipt of Patriot defense batteries would not happen.

In response, against the backdrop of all the threats and sanctions, Ankara went and bought another S-400 system.

This is unlikely in direct relation that Turkey wants to oppose the US, but rather, in view of the situation in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean, where Turkey is faced with a conflict with a whole group of countries, including NATO countries, is forcing Turkey to abandon the declared line with a stake on its own weapons and urgently buy modern weapons on the side.

Separately, India will receive its first regiment of Russian S-400 air defense systems in 2021.

This was reported by “Interfax”, referring to the official representative of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia, Maria Vorobyova.

It is noted that in the future, an acceleration in the supply of the next batches of the systems may be discussed.

“The timing of the contract has been discussed in detail with our Indian partners, and the delivery of the first regiment is expected by the end of 2021. Further acceleration of the delivery of the first batch from the system is technically impossible, since there are objective, technology-related stages of production, acceptance and transfer of equipment,” she said.

As reported, the contract for the supply of S-400 to India worth $5.43 billion was signed in early October 2018.

The USA is also warning India not to purchase Russian weapons, and threatening with sanctions, but so far, no concrete actions have been undertaken. Even if they are, it is unlikely that India adheres to any calls to cancel the purchase.

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