Rosoboronexport: We will begin delivery the S-400 to Turkey in 2019

Russia will begin delivery of its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey next year, Russia’s company Rosoboronexport said on Tuesday.

In response to a question about the date of delivery of Ankara systems S 400, said the head of the company Alexander Mikheev: “is working within the contract for the supply of systems S-400 to Turkey according to the agreed dates, and we will start implementation in 2019.

Last autumn, Moscow and Ankara agreed to supply two S-400 missiles System and signed the contract, to be operated by Turkish crews.

Turkey is to cover part of the costs of the contract, with the second part being financed by the Russian side’s defense loan.

The two sides also agreed on technical cooperation in this field with a view to initiating the manufacture of air missile systems on Turkish territory.

Mr. Mikheev pointed to the growing interest in the S-400 systems in the events in Syria, where a number of them were deployed to protect the Russian bases in Khmeimim and Tartous there, and talks were underway on supplying these systems to India.

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