Moscow and Ankara have come to a general agreement on the supply of a second set of S-400 air defence systems, according to the RIA Novosti information agency. Last year, Russia completed the first delivery contract to supply Turkey with four S-400 divisions (battalions) to form the first regiment at a value of US$2.5bn, with an option for another regiment kit.
“We have a principal agreement on the supply of a second set of S-400. Technical negotiations are to be finished on technology transfer, details of co-production, a roadmap” said Ismail Demir, head of the Turkey’s defence industry secretariat. According to him, Turkey intends to commission the S-400 despite the delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Deliveries of the S-400, which caused a crisis in relations between Turkey and the U.S, began in mid-July 2019 when Washington demanded Turkey abandon the deal and in exchange, acquire American PATRIOT systems, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighters to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions in accordance with the CAATSA (Law on Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions). Ankara refused to make concessions and continued negotiations on an additional batch of S-400.