Updated in: 26 May 2022 - 02:28
TEHRAN (defapress) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed Saturday that there were no delays in the delivery of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.
News ID: 77914
Publish Date: 29June 2019 - 11:41

No Delays in Delivery of S-400sDelivery of the system to Turkey is proceeding as planned, and there has been no setback in the deal with Moscow, Erdogan said.

He made the remarks minutes before meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. The talks lasted 55 minutes.

Joint production of the missiles and its technology transfer are a priority for Turkey, Erdogan said, Anadolu Agency reported.

Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the US with no success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400s.

American officials urged Turkey to buy US Patriot missiles, arguing the Russian system would be incompatible with NATO systems and expose US F-35 fighter jets to possible Russian subterfuge.

Turkey, however, emphasized that the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance.

Touching on tourism, Erdogan said Russian people’s interest in Turkey has been increasing with every passing day.

Expressing his happiness to meet with Erdogan, Putin said the trade volume between the two countries has risen by 15%.

“From both sides, there are around $10 billion in investments. In addition to this, work on a 900-million-euro joint investment platform is ongoing,” Putin said.

Regarding the number of Russian tourists coming to Turkey, Putin said “6 million Russian tourists visited Turkey last year. This was a record number.”

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