At the request of Turkey Russia will accelerate the implementation of the contract on supplying S-400 missile systems, the Russia Presidential Aide for Military Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said, TASS reports.
India is the only country with which Russia has signed a plan for strategic military-technical cooperation until 2020 and India ranked the fifth in terms of the volume of Russian arms exports a year ago, he said.
According to Kozhin, “when everything was ready, American partners entered the scene and exerted unprecedented pressure on the Indonesian side to prevent this contract from taking place”, Kozhin said.
“The contract is signed and it is being fulfilled”. It can develop a speed of up to 2,500 kilometers per hour and has a flying range of 3,400 kilometers and a combat radius close to 1,600 kilometers.
In November 2017, it was reported, citing Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, that Russian Federation would ship the first unit at the end of 2019.
On March 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey needs the air defense systems urgently because the country presently has none. The S-400 system, which was introduced in 2007, is the new generation of Russian missile systems, and so far Russia has only sold them to China and India.
The deal has become a major concern for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
General Petr Pavel, chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, warned Turkey about the consequences of a possible S-400 purchase from Russian Federation.