Stoltenberg warned Turkey about the difficulties in integrating the S-400 air defense system of NATO

BRUSSELS, 14 Feb. /TASS./ Turkey will be difficult to integrate the Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 air defense system of NATO. This was stated on Wednesday by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference on the first day of the meeting of defense Ministers of the Alliance.

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“Turkey is also cooperating with two NATO countries – France and Italy in the establishment of air defense systems based on complexes of SAMP-T. NATO welcomes these efforts. With regard to the integration of air defense of Turkey air defense system of NATO, it is obvious that the European system SAMP-T will be easy to integrate, while s-400 is difficult,” he said .

Earlier Wednesday, the source TASS in Moscow said that Russia and Turkey are planning in 2020 to sign a contract for the supply of the second regimental kit anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 “Triumph”. The first information about negotiations of Russia and Turkey on the supply of s-400 appeared in November 2016. The fact of the conclusion of the contract was confirmed by the Russian side on 12 September 2017, the then Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has informed that the advance of the complexes have been made.

As reported in December of 2017 in an interview with the newspaper “Kommersant” the head of state Corporation “rostec” Sergey Chemezov, the delivery cost Ankara four battalions of s-400 is $2.5 billion, Turkey became the first member state of NATO, which receives from Russia Sam system of this class.

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