The Russian Military Cooperation Agency official has confirmed that Russia and Turkey are now working on a contract for the delivery of a new batch of Russian S-400 missile systems.
It is to be believed that this development will further strain Ankara’s relations with Washington and the rest of the NATO allies.
America suspended Turkey from the US F-35 stealth fighter jet program after realizing Turkey was keener to do business with Russia than its long-standing ally the United States.
In all likelihood, Russia and Turkey are planning to sign a contract for the delivery of an additional batch of S-400s in 2020.
As Turkey changed sides in July this year, Russia was quick to offer a counter deal to Turkey. US had retracted the strategic F35 program from Ankara. Trump removed Turkey from the F35 fighter jet program after the former refused to heed America’s warnings to drop the S400 deal with Moscow.
Vladimir Putin administration had been expecting this and seems to have therefore offered Turkey to buy Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets as well. Media reports confirmed that the CEO of the Russian State Corporation Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, said that, “If our Turkish colleagues express a desire, we are ready to work out the deliveries of Su-35 fighter jets”.
America’s decision was put into action after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system media reports had confirmed then. The first parts of the S-400 air defense system were flown to the Murted military airbase northwest of Ankara, sealing NATO ally Turkey’s deal with Russia, which Washington had struggled for months to prevent.
Recently concluded NATO Summit has also condemned Turkey’s move to buy military equipment with Russia, something which looks as if Ankara is not interested in maintaining the sanctity of the NATO pact in the first place.
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