Moscow and Ankara sign S-400 loan deal

The deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems is Ankara's most significant accord with a non-NATO supplier

National Defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli confirmed the statement and added that the S-400 deal had been concluded.

Turkey is the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state to purchase the S-400 missile system.

Turkey and Russian Federation on Friday inked a loan agreement in Ankara for purchase of the S-400 missile defense system worth 2.5 billion US dollars, a Turkish official told Xinhua.

Last week, Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said during an event in Washington that Turkey should it go ahead with the acquisition would be "facing the consequences of that decision".

The war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has strained the relationship between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Turkey and the United States, at times placing them on opposite sides of the conflict. "The United States is committed to expediting the delivery of equipment purchased by Turkey, when possible", the Pentagon spokesman said. According to the Hurriyet daily, Ankara will pay part of the sum from its own funds and will contract a Russian loan for the rest.

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Chemezov told Kommersant that Turkey was the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state to acquire the advanced S-400 missile system. Supplies of these systems are expected to begin within two years.

While continues to tout the planned sale of its S-400 strategic air-defense system to, some US analysts are growing more skeptical about the deal.

On September 12, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had signed an agreement with Moscow on purchases of S-400 systems, with an advance payment already made.

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.



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