Turkish Defense Diplomat Fikri Isik has said that Ankara is in talks with Moscow on the subject of the purchase of S-400 air defense systems. He made the statement when asked beside Turkey’s plans for building up its air defense potential.
“We are conducting talks with Russia throughout the S-400s. But we also go ahead with contacts with other countries on this point. Russia’s stance is positive,” he said.
Isik hopes that Turkey’s multilateral talks order encourage NATO to come up with a more serious initiative and his power will have a system meeting the alliance’s requirements.
“But this does not run-down that we will ignore Russia’s proposals. We are pushing ahead with pro-active feat [with Russia – TASS] in this direction. Our ultimate goal is to start assembling these systems on our own,” Isik said.
The Turkish authorities in 2013 about bids submitted in a tender for providing air defense systems and made a ruling to continue specific discussions with a Chinese manufacturer of long-range air defense schemes. On the short list of applicants China placed first, the United Shapes with its system triot second, and Italian-French concern Eurosam with the SAM/T structure third. Russia’s Antey-2500 proposed by Rosoboronexport rtici ted too, but was ultimately rejected after appraisal.
The talks with China ended abide November as the rties failed to eliminate a number of disagreements, including those at an end technology transfer and joint production. The authorities then made a arbitration to cancel the bidding contest altogether. The issue of purchasing air defense structures or launching their joint production began to be discussed at the government point again last spring.