Money sent, contract signed. The contract for S-400 missiles systems has been allegedly signed between Russia and Turkey. The military aide for military-technical cooperation of President Vladimir Putin announced the deal signature, said the contract was now about to be executed. On the Turkish side, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara had made a deposit.
Speaking to Russian news agency TASS, presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin claimed that the contract for the S-400 has been signed and blamed “western propaganda” for raising doubts about the contract.
“The contract has been signed and it is about to be executed. As you may know, S-400 is one of the most complicated systems consisting of a large set of technical components, so there are quite a few nuances. I can merely guarantee that all of the decisions made under this contract strictly agree with our strategic interests. In that connection we find quite natural the reaction of some western countries that have been trying to put pressure on Turkey,” Kozhin said.
He added that “there is a waiting list of likely buyers eager to have this system.”
Turkey has already paid a deposit to Russia for the purchase of the S-400 anti-ballistic missile system despite opposition from its NATO allies, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said and underlined that both Ankara and Moscow were committed to accomplish the sale process of the high-tech defense equipment.
“Our friends have already signed [an agreement on] S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know. The process will continue by the transfer of a credit from Russia to us. Both Mr. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue,” Erdoğan told journalists on his return from Kazakhstan on Sept. 10.
Erdogan’s remarks debunked some news reports published in different Western newspapers that suggested that Turkey will backtrack from purchasing Russian-made anti-ballistic missiles system as they wouldn’t be interoperable with NATO’s radars.
But Erdogan denied these reports, stressing that no other country has the right to discuss Turkey’s sovereign and independent decisions in upgrading its defense.
“It’s us who will make decisions regarding our independence. We are responsible over taking security measures for the defense of our country. We’ll save ourselves if we face difficulties in procuring defense systems,” he said.
Recalling that Turkey’s demands to purchase drones from allied countries have not been positively responded to as they were seeking enormous amounts of money, Erdogan said:
“They give tanks, cannons and armored vehicles to the terror organization but we can’t procure some of our needs, although we want to pay the price. What happened in the end? We started to produce our own drones and armed drones. We have killed 90 terrorists [with the armed drones] in the last week,” referring to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which the U.S. has been funding in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), HurriyetDailyNews reported.
PS both Moscow and Ankara will be surprised to read that western media are not 100% convinced that they have signed this agreement. Documents, gentlemen, documents!