By Henry Batyaev / Sputnik – Russia delivered the first S-400 shipment to Turkey in 2019. In June, Moscow and Ankara agreed in principle on the second shipment of the systems, despite Washington’s claims the S-400 is incompatible with NATO security standards.
Moscow and Ankara have signed a contract for the supply of a second batch of S-400 air defence systems to Turkey, Alexander Mikheev, the general director of Rosoboronexport, Russian agency dealing with import and export of defence-related products and services, told reporters during the Army-2020 forum.
“We are currently engaged in talks on the financial model for the execution of this contract with our partners”, Mikheev said.
The Turkish defence industry head, Ismail Demir, previously said that Moscow and Ankara had reached an agreement in principle on the supply of the second batch of S-400s.
The two countries signed a loan agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems in December 2017. In 2019, Turkey received several S-400 battalions worth $2.5 billion.
Washington has been opposing the agreement and demanded that Turkey ditch the S-400s and purchase US Patriot systems instead. The US also threatened to delay or even cancel the sale of F-35 fighters to Turkey and slap sanctions against Ankara, claiming that the Russian systems are incompatible with the NATO standards and pose security concerns.
Both Ankara and Moscow dismissed the allegations and continued negotiations on an additional batch of S-400s.