Turkey seeks swiftest implementation of S-400 deal with Russia - Erdogan

by The Region    


Turkey is hoping for the swiftest implementation of the agreement with Russia on supplies of S-400 systems, Turkish President Erdogan said Monday.

"We would like to take steps to make it happen as soon as possible," Erdogan told a press conference ahead of his visit to Russia.

He added that Moscow and Ankara had signed the documents on the deal.

"We have agreed with Russia on S-400 and the documents have been signed. There are several technical issues and we will discuss them during my visit with the participation of our specialists, including from the defence ministry," the president said.

In September, the press service of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said that Moscow and Ankara had reached an agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems to Turkey. Erdogan said that Turkey had already put down a deposit for the S-400 systems. On September 29, Russian presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin confirmed that Turkey had made an up-front payment for the S-400s, adding that the delivery is scheduled for 2019.