RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – Russia began the production of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems for Turkey, the head of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, said.
“We have begun to execute the contract,” Mikheyev said in an interview with RIA Novosti. We are not talking about the beginning of deliveries of the S-400. “There are cycles, stages, everything is stipulated, we will fulfill our obligations,” Mikheyev explained.
Russia and Turkey in December 2017 signed a loan agreement for the supply of S-400. Ankara buys two batteries of the complex, Turkish servicemen intend to service the SAM. The parties agreed to discuss the possibility of manufacturing the SAM in Turkey.
Meanwhile, the US Congress can prohibit the supply of Turkey F-35 fighters as a response to the delivery of the S-400, said the head of the commission of the Turkish parliament on international affairs, Volkan Bozkyr.
A group of US Democratic senators appealed to the US State Department with a request to clarify whether sanctions should be imposed against Turkey for the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense systems.
“The United States attaches great importance to the S-400. In Congress, there is a desire to link the S-400 with the sale of the F-35 in the sense that if we buy the S-400, Congress will decide to ban the sale of the F-35. say, but in the course of conversations with their advisers, such a signal has been received. “The C-400 and F-35 are completely different topics.” The US threatens not directly, but surreptitiously, showing a stick from under the burka, “Bozkyr said after his visit to the United States.
Turkey is ready to consider the US proposal to supply the American Patriot. “This week an American delegation will come to Turkey to bring a proposal on Patriot systems, let them bring it, we’ll see and evaluate it, but since we insist on the guarantees of the congress on technology transfer, until now we could not sign the Patriot agreement. can make such an offer at an attractive price, Turkey will consider it, “concluded Bozkyr.