Russian Federation selling non-NATO-compatible S-400 to Turkey

  • Russian Federation selling non-NATO-compatible S-400 to Turkey

Russian Federation selling non-NATO-compatible S-400 to Turkey

The proposed $2.5 billion deal "has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but the Russian missile system can not be integrated into NATO's military architecture", Reuters reported.

Last week, Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said during an event in Washington that Turkey should it go ahead with the acquisition would be "facing the consequences of that decision".

MOSCOW-Russia and Turkey signed a finance agreement Friday for Ankara's purchase of a sophisticated antiaircraft defense system, Turkey said, sealing the final steps in a controversial deal that has added to concerns Ankara is turning away from the West.

"Turkey continues to pursue anti-missile systems from NATO Allies, including the U.S. Patriot System, for its broader, long-term air defense needs".

Purchasing on ruble, Turkey will save up to 3 percent of the total debt, he said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will borrow the loan on Russian ruble, instead of USA dollar, so the debt will be cheaper for Ankara.

Turkey reportedly will begin receiving the S-400 system in March 2020.

Earlier this week, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said the two countries sorted out the remaining details behind the deal, agreeing that Ankara is to receive two systems and four batteries from Russian Federation.

The two countries have been working on the arms deal for around a year. It is created to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets.

The system can track and engage up to 300 targets at a time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometres.