Turkey is still negotiating with Russia on the acquisition of a second regiment of S-400 air defense systems and the possibility of their joint production, despite US sanctions, said Ismail Demir, head of the republic’s defense industry secretariat.
“We do not notice the significant impact of the sanctions. They are unfair, the United States must correct this. We have repeatedly said that the language of sanctions will not affect Turkey. We continue negotiations with the Russian Federation on the joint production of the S-400,” Demir said on the air of the NTV channel.
Deliveries of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded to abandon the deal and purchase American Patriot systems in return, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighters to Turkey, as well as to impose sanctions in accordance with CAATSA (the law “On Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions”). Ankara refused to make concessions and continued negotiations on an additional batch of S-400s.