At the same time in Ankara said that the US offered Turkey a new deal.
Turkey expects that the second battery of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system will be delivered this month or in September. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said this on Monday.
“The delivery time of the second battery S-400 is August-September. Work is underway to determine the location of the future deployment of the complex,” Hurriyet newspaper quoted him as saying. According to the head of the Defense Ministry, after the termination of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range missiles (INF) between Russia and the US, Turkey’s need for S-400 “increases even more.”
He also said that the American side made a new proposal to Turkey on the acquisition of Patriot missile defense systems. “We want the paradigm of our relationship to change and the US to act in accordance with our existing strategic partnership,” Akar added.
Turkey for several years tried to negotiate with the United States to sell her Patriot complexes, but Washington did not go to such a deal, and therefore Ankara decided to buy missile defense funds from Russia.
In September 2017, the Russian Federation announced a contract with Turkey for the supply of S-400, its cost is $2.5 billion Ankara will receive a regimental set (two divisions). The contract implies a partial transfer of production technologies to the Turkish side. The first deliveries began on July 12.