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Putin backs Ankara-Moscow S-400 sales negotiations

06 June 2017

Negotiations are underway between Ankara and Moscow for the supply of S-400 air defence missile systems to the Turkish Armed Forces, Russian state-controlled press has reported.

Speaking in St Petersburg on 1 June, President Vladimir Putin stated, "We discussed the possibility of selling the S-400 systems. We are ready to do this. Turkish president [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is aware of this. Our military is aware of this and the Turkish military, too."

The possibility of Turkey producing S-400 parts depended on the readiness of its industry to do so, Putin said, adding that Russia had never produced such equipment abroad before.



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