Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Campaña de Le Pen presenta a Macron como candidato oficialista will discuss with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin the possibility of signing a contract for the Russian missile system S-400 during his visit to the Russian city of Sochi on May 3, Turkish Defense Minister Fekri Ishik said Monday.
“I think that after Erdogan’s talks with Putin, the two sides will issue a joint decision to take further steps to buy the Russian missile system,” Ishiq said in remarks broadcast by the Russian news agency TASS.
The Turkish Defense Minister announced that further information on the contract and the implementation of some projects would be disclosed later.
Earlier, Ishiq said: “The purchase of the S-400 system has reached a final stage, but that does not mean that the agreement will be signed tomorrow.”
According to media outlets in November 2016, Turkey and Russia have entered into talks on the purchase of the S-400 system. In March 2017, Sergei Zhimizov, head of Russia’s Rustik, the Russian company responsible for the development and promotion of arms exports, announced that Turkey had expressed its hope to buy weapons from Russia, including the S-400.
The Turkish president’s office told the Tass news agency on Friday that Erdogan planned to visit Russia on May 3 to meet with Putin.