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S-400 deal with Russia on agenda of Turkish foreign minister’s talk with Pompeo

April 27, 21:04 UTC+3 ANKARA

The process of S-400 acquisition had been completed before the sanctions law came into force, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu noted

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ANKARA, April 27. /TASS/. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo focused on Friday on Ankara’s deal with Moscow on supplies of S-400 air defense systems, Haberturk TV channel said.

"The S-400 issue was on the agenda. We said that we were going to buy [such systems] from you [the United States], but there was not such a possibility. The process [of S-400 acquisition] had been completed before the sanctions law came into force," Cavusoglu said quoted by the Turkish broadcaster as saying.

"If we receive a good offer on Patriot or some other systems, why will we not consider it? However, we should not treated in the way "we will impose sanctions if you intend to buy S-300," he said.

In November 2016, it was announced that Turkey and Russia were in talks over a likely contract for the supply of S-400 air defense systems. Russia confirmed the conclusion of the contract on September 12, 2017. Erdogan declared that a certain prepayment had been made already. Turkey became the first NATO country that will get the S-400 systems from Russia. The number of systems to be supplied has not been disclosed officially.

Russia’s S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the latest long-range antiaircraft missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers.

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