NATO has received no request from Turkey to integrate its Russian origin S-400 missile defence system with the Pan-Atlantic defence bloc, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said.
“I am aware that Turkey has made an agreement or they have announced their intention to buy S-400 Russian air defense system. That’s a national Turkish decision. What matters for the NATO is whether it will be integrated into the NATO air defense system. There has been no request for that,” Stoltenberg was quoted as saying by Hurriyet Daily on Feb. 20 at the alliance headquarters.
“It goes without saying that it will be a difficult issue,” the secretary general explained, since the Russian system will not be interoperable with the NATO’s air defense systems.
Having expressed his concerns over the S-400 deal, the NATO’s chief recalled Turkey’s move to cooperate with two European-NATO allies for a similar system in November last year. Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy to strengthen cooperation on joint defense projects. As a first step, the Franco-Italian EUROSAM consortium and Turkish companies will look into a system based on the SAMP-T missile systems.
“But at the same time I welcome the fact that Turkey has also signed a MOU [memorandum of understanding] with a consortium of Italian and French industry, called Eurosam which is now developing or looking into the possibility of selling SAMP-T to European air defense system,” Stoltenberg said.
“I will of course welcome any agreement with a NATO ally or among NATO allies on air defense,” he added.
Russia is planning to deliver a second batch of S-400 air defence system to Turkey under which some components of the high tech system is planned to be manufactured by Turkish firms by way of a technology transfer clause. "After the delivery of the first batch concludes in May or June 2020, the parties plan to sign a new contract on the delivery of the second batch of the S-400 systems in 2021
Turkey and Russia have signed a loan agreement for the purchase of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon systems, TASS reports, citing Haberturk TV channel announcement on Friday. According to Kommersant daily report on December 27, Turkey will pay 45 percent of the cost up front, with Russia providing loans to cover the remaining 55 percent of the deal worth US$2
Russia will provide loans worth US$1.375 Billion to help Turkey pay for its purchase of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system
Turkey has completed the formal purchase of S-400 long range anti-aircraft missile defense system from Russia "In addition to the S-400, Turkey also made preliminary agreements with the Eurosam countries to develop, produce and use the air defense system in order to improve its long-term domestic national capacity," Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli was quoted as saying by Anadolu news agency Saturday. "We especially aim to have our own technology," the minister added
A senior State Department official has warned that Turkeys purchase of Russian S-400 missiles could reflect negatively on several U.S
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The United States will begin a high pressure lobbying and arm-twisting effort to force Turkey to abandon the S-400 missile defence system deal with Russia and buy US-made Patriots instead. Acting assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs Tina Kaidanow is expected to travel to Turkey next week to swing Ankara's decision in favor of the US Patriot missile defence system, Turkey's
Russia will accelerate the delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to early 2020 upon a request from Ankara. "Turkey expressed a wish to accelerate its implementation and we managed to find the most appropriate solution as we agreed to accelerate the contracts implementation
Turkeys Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) is promoting locally made lightweight Kamikaze unmanned aerial vehicles to Saudi Arabia during an on-going global defense fair held in the capital of Riyadh
Iraq is reportedly studying the possibilities for purchasing the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems in order to diversify its arms imports, amid growing efforts of the country to tackle terrorism. "The issue is being studied in every detail," Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari was quoted as saying by TASS on Tuesday following meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation
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