Turkey says still talking to Russia about missile deliveries

SpaceWar.com reports: “NATO member Turkey said it was still talking to Russia about procuring a second batch of one of its most advanced missile defence systems despite the war in Ukraine.

The comments on state television late Tuesday by the head of Turkey’s military procurement agency underscore Ankara’s efforts to maintain good relations with Moscow during the conflict.

The agency and its chief, Ismail Demir, were sanctioned by Washington in the closing weeks of US president Donald Trump’s administration for its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system in 2017.

Turkey took delivery of the first batch of the surface-to-air missiles in 2019.

But Demir told state television that the 2017 contract always envisioned Turkey receiving two batteries of the Russian weapon…”

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