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Finalising S-400 agreement with Russia, Turkey rejects NATO interoperability argument

31 July 2017

Turkey’s presidential spokesman, İbrahim Kalin, has said there were only a few minor issues left to be resolved before an agreement with Russia on the purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air-missile (SAM) systems.

“The core of it has been agreed,” Kalin told Habertürk TV on 27 July in remarks intended to clarify Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 25 July announcement that Turkey had signed an agreement with Russia on the purchase.

Asked about Erdogan’s statement, Kalin said the S-400 purchase “has been completed to a large extent. There are minor issues left to be achieved. But we can say that the agreement has largely been completed and it will be signed in the near future.”

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