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Russia begins supplying 2nd regiment of S-400 systems to Turkey; Ankara wants ‘without delay’ for F-16s – reports

Russia has started supplying the second regiment of its S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey after signing a corresponding contract, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told Sputnik on Thursday. ), Dmitry Shugaev.

“The relevant contractual document [on the supply of the second S-400 regiment to Turkey] has already been signed, which, among other things, provides for the localization of production of individual components of the system,” Shugaev said, adding that the implementation of the contract has already begun.

Turkey remains an important partner of Russia, and the two countries maintain close trade and economic relations, with bilateral collaboration actively developing in many fields, including military-technical cooperation, he said.

Shugaev noted that despite the current geopolitical difficulties, military-technical cooperation with Turkey is developing within the framework of agreements previously concluded between the presidents of the two countries.

Russia looks forward to continuing to work with Turkey on a transparent and mutually beneficial basis, Shugaev added.

The S-400 Triumph air defense system is a unique system, and “there is no reason to believe that any state could create in the coming years a system which, in terms of tactical and technical characteristics, could closer to the S-400 Triumf [SA-21 Growler] air defense system,” according to the defense official.

In 2017, Russia and Turkey signed the first contract for the S-400 regimental kit worth $2.5 billion, with the possibility of buying another regiment later. Deliveries of the first regiment to Turkey took place in the summer-autumn of 2019.

Earlier on Tuesday, the US State Department spokesman is unaware of any new developments allowing Russia to supply Turkey with additional S-400 air defense systems, but the US position on the sale of arms is well known.

“We are not aware of any new developments on this, our position on Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 is well known,” Ned Price told a press briefing.

Turkey F-16
A Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. (Wikimedia Commons)

Meanwhile, Turkey has objected to the delay in purchasing F-16 fighter jets from the United States and demanded that the Pentagon take the issue to the US Congress, Turkish newspaper Sabah reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Ankara plans to buy 40 F-16 fighters from the United States and upgrade another 80 already deployed. US President Joe Biden said earlier that he hoped to get congressional approval for the delivery of fighters to Turkey.

However, a group of US congressmen opposed the deal. In addition, Greece actively obstructs the delivery of fighters, which became one of the reasons why Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to have contact with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and accused him of violation. agreements made.

The media quoted their sources as saying that Turkey would not like the issue to be subject to lengthy procedures and delays; therefore, Ankara negotiates with the Pentagon and demands that the issue be brought to the US Congress.

Thus, Turkey is trying to speed up the decision-making on procurement, as Congress has to approve the issue within a certain timeframe.

Negotiations over the purchase of the F-16s have been going on for some time, the source said, adding that the issue will be discussed at a possible meeting between Biden and Erdogan in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the Assembly. General of the United Nations due September 13-27.

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