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17 November,


Turkey to continue deploying S-400 missile systems until spring of 2020

Ankara also continues talks with Washington on the possible delivery of US Patriot surface-to-air missile systems

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The work to put Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems into operation will continue until the spring of 2020, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, Eurasia Diary reports citing TASS.

"The work, after which these [S-400] air defense systems will become fully operational, will continue until the spring of 2020," the Anadolu news agency quoted the defense chief as saying.

Ankara also continues talks with Washington on the possible delivery of US Patriot surface-to-air missile systems, the Turkish defense minister said.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in July this year that Ankara might start "actively operating S-400 systems in April 2020," after the Turkish personnel underwent required training.

Russia announced in September 2017 that it had signed a $2.5 billion deal with Turkey on the delivery of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Ankara. Under the contract, Ankara will get a regiment set of S-400 air defense missile systems (two battalions). The deal also envisages partial transfer of production technology to the Turkish side.

Turkey is the first NATO member state to purchase such air-defense missile systems from Russia. The deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey began on July 12, 2019.

The United States and NATO have been making attempts to prevent Turkey from purchasing Russia's S-400 missile systems. Washington has warned on many occasions that it may impose sanctions on Turkey, if Ankara presses ahead with the S-400 deal.

The S-400 ‘Triumf’ is the most advanced long-range air defense missile system that went into service in Russia in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground installations. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

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