Military Capabilities

Russia confirms Turkey has made advance payment for S-400s

02 October 2017

Key Points

  • Moscow will not transfer S-400 production technology to Ankara
  • Turkey does not rule out obtaining ballistic missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide, Vladimir Kozhin, said on 29 September that the contract to supply S-400 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems to Turkey has entered into force and that Ankara has already made the advance payment.

Turkey is reported to have made an advance payment of around USD2.5 billion to Russia for four S-400 batteries but neither Ankara nor Moscow has yet confirmed this figure.

On 12 September Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara had signed an agreement with Moscow to purchase S-400 missile systems and had already made an advance payment.

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