A Potential Second Regiment of S-400 for Turkey

Despite sanctions imposed by the United States on Turkey, the latter continues talks with Russia on the potential supply of a second regiment of S-400 missile defence systems. The Turkish Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar on Thursday.

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"It would be problematic for Ankara to refuse the purchase of Russian air defense systems S-400. We expect that the differences with the USA on this matter will be resolved through dialogue," said Turkey's Minister of Defence to Turkish media.

On December 14, the US announced sanctions against the head of Turkey's Defence Industries Presidency Ismail Demir and three Turkish citizens within the CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) "for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system."

"Turkey continues to hold talks with Russia on acquiring a second regiment of S-400," added the Minister.

 In December 2020, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, said that despite sanctions, Russia and Turkey reaffirmed their commitment to developing military-technical cooperation despite US pressure.

Turkey is the first NATO member to buy such systems from Russia. The S-400 deal was signed between Moscow and Ankara in 2017. The deal had also resulted in Turkey’s suspension and pending removal from the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter partnership.

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