Russia is ready to supply its S-400 “Triumf” advanced air defense systems to Turkey, President Vladimir Putin has said.
“We discussed the possibility of selling S-400s [to Turkey]. We are ready for this,” Putin said in answer to a question from a Turkish media reporter at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). He also added the issue was discussed earlier with his Turkish counterpart.
Speaking about cooperation between Moscow and Ankara in assembling the defense systems in Turkey, he said it depends on the readiness of local manufacturing industry.
Currently, Russia and India are jointly producing the Brahmos supersonic missile, but such projects require massive investment in technologies and human resources, the president said. “But overall, there is nothing impossible.”
Previous media reports suggested that Moscow and Ankara had discussed the sale of S-400s in May, when Putin hosted Erdogan in Sochi. While Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said at that time the deal was “possible,” Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said negotiations between Russia and Turkey were close to conclusion. The minister said that Ankara turned to Moscow for the system because “NATO member countries have not presented an offer which is financially effective.”
The Russian-made S-400 system is capable of shooting down aircraft at ranges of up to 400km and ballistic missiles at a range of 60km, as well as engaging 36 targets simultaneously, according to sources.
With inputs from RT.