Russian has made an unprecedented concession to Turkey in the matter of supplying S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems, the Kommersant newspaper writes.
The system will be transferred to Ankara in July 2019. Initially, it was planned for March 2020 – thus, the concession is for 8 months earlier, without any changes to payment arrangements.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the acceleration of supplies. The head of Russian defense export, Alexander Mikheev, noted that Moscow will do everything necessary to fulfill the request of the Turkish side.
“Execution of the contract in such a short time demonstrates the high level of our relations, and is to some extent unprecedented.”
As reported earlier, the head of the NATO military committee, Peter Paul voiced “significant risks” in the delivery of the S-400 complexes to Turkey. He noted especially that the systems may be bugged to transfer NATO information to Russia. Nevertheless, Turkey is proceeding with the purchase.