ANKARA Turkey’s talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense procedure have reached a “remaining phase”, whilst this does not suggest a deal will be signed straight away, Protection Minister Fikri Isik mentioned on Friday.
Isik also instructed a news meeting that NATO nations have not introduced a “economically productive” offer you on an choice defense procedure. NATO member Turkey in 2015 canceled a $three.four billion tender for a extensive-vary missile defense procedure that had been provisionally awarded to China.
Turkey then mentioned it would take into consideration acquiring a missile procedure locally, but that stance afterwards shifted.
“It is obvious that Turkey needs a missile defense procedure but NATO member nations have not introduced on offer you which is economically productive,” Isik instructed a news meeting.
“Do the job on the S-400 has reached a remaining position. But the remaining phase does not suggest ‘let’s sign a deal tomorrow morning'”.
He mentioned Turkey would not be equipped to combine the S-400 into the NATO procedure.
(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz Producing by David Dolan Editing by Daren Butler)