Putin, Erdogan discuss S-400 missile deal

10 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart on Monday discussed a missile deal slammed by the US as well as closer military cooperation during a visit by Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow.

The two sides must “strengthen cooperation in the military-technical sphere,” Putin told Erdogan as they met in the Kremlin, reports AFP.

“These regard first of all the completion of the contract to supply S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey,” he said.

“There are other promising projects on the agenda related to the supply of modern Russian military products to Turkey,” Putin added.

NATO member Turkey’s missile deal has tested its already soured relations with Washington.

The US has put a freeze on its joint F-35 fighter jet programme with Turkey in protest.

Last week, US acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he was confident Turkey would drop the plan and buy the US Patriot system instead.

Erdogan has said the S-400s are needed to protect Turkey’s borders. He said he turned to Russia because no acceptable US missile deal was available at the time.

The first S-400 delivery is expected in July.

The pair also discussed Syria, where they have backed opposite sides in the eight-year conflict but have been working closely to end the fighting.


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