Russia and Turkey have agreed that Moscow will start delivering Russia’s S-400 air defense missile systems sooner than earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday in Ankara at a press conference with Turkey’s head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In response to the gesture, Erdogan said Russia confirmed its openness to Turkey. At the same time he indicated that Ankara could cooperate with the Moscow defense industry in addition to missile systems. However, Erdogan did not specify exactly what he was thinking.
Putin said that the joint production of S-400s and the export of technology is not a trade-off but a trade issue.
According to previous Russian press reports, Moscow would have delivered the first S-400s to Ankara in late 2019 or early 2020. NATO member Turkey signed a contract last year with Russia on the purchase of air defense missile systems. Erdogan also said on Tuesday: receiving was Turkey’s own decision.
The Turkish head of state also said at the press conference that the two countries would increase their annual trade volume by nearly five times to $ 100 billion. In 2017, this value was roughly $ 22 billion, a 32 percent increase compared to 2016. At the same time, the Turkish President expressed his hope that the number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey will grow to 6 million by 4.7 million last year.
Vladimir Putin’s visit to Turkey is the first foreign trip since he was elected president in the middle of last month. The Russian leader arrived in Ankara for two days.
On Tuesday afternoon, the construction works of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, which Moscow and Ankara signed in May 2010, have begun. The Russian-designed Akkuyu nuclear power plant was previously located in the province of Mersin, southern Turkey, on the shore of the Mediterranean.
After the celebration, Putin and Erdogan spent four and a half hours of talks at the Ankara Headquarters, followed by the seventh meeting of the Turkish-Russian High Level Cooperation Council.
Tuesday night, Iran’s President Hasan Rohan arrived in Ankara, where Putin and Erdogan have been scheduled to hold a triple summit on Wednesday to discuss the Syrian situation.
Source: MTI / Picture: ujszo.com /