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Russian S-400s Will Be Deployed In April, But Ready To Buy US’ Patriot Missiles – Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400, as previously expected, will be deployed in Turkey next month. Erdogan said this while returning from Moscow after the negotiations with Russia over on the Syrian Idlib.

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From April, the S-400 will be ready for operation. But I said yesterday (to representatives of the Russian authorities) that if the United States supplies us with (anti-ballistic) Patriot systems, we will also buy them, ”Erdogan noted.

Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, Turkey had asked the U.S. to deploy two Patriot missile-defence systems on its southern border to punish any future attacks by Russian-backed Syrian troops, according to a senior Turkish official.

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“There may be a Patriot battery support,” from the U.S., Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told CNN-Turk television in an interview on Thursday. If there is similar support from European allies, Turkey would consider it too, he said.

Earlier, Russia announced in September 2017 that it had signed a $2.5 billion deal with Turkey on the delivery of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Ankara. Under the contract, Ankara will get a regiment set of S-400 air defence missile systems (two battalions). The deal also envisages partial transfer of production technology to the Turkish side.

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