KUBINKA (Moscow region) (Sputnik) – All decisions regarding the deliveries of Russia’s S-400 air defense systems to Turkey correspond with Moscow’s geopolitical and strategic interests, Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Director Dmitry Shugaev said.
“We are indeed holding talks with Turkey on deliveries of long-range air defense systems. We have fixed the points for our further cooperation. All decisions made in this area are strictly in line with Russia’s geopolitical and strategic interests,”
Shugaev told reporters commenting on the current situation in Russia-Turkey talks on the S-400.
On Tuesday, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev told Sputnik that the contract for the delivery of an S-400 system to Turkey was close to being signed.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on July 18 that the negotiations on the air defense system’s delivery had reached their final stage.
According to Shugaev, foreign customers will be receiving S-400 air defense systems adapted to the armed forces of each respective country.
“Today, for example, the S-400 system is a recognized leader in the field of air defense. It is simply impossible to copy it. It has those most important elements, the possession of which gives the advantages of this system,”
The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system. It carries three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range.