Turkey-Russia talks on missile system purchase in final phase
Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said the country had entered the final stage in talks with Russia to buy the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system, adding that NATO nations had failed to offer Turkey a proper option.
"It is clear that Turkey needs a missile defense system but NATO member countries have not presented an offer which is financially effective," Russia Today reported Isik as saying.
The talks between the two countries kicked off in November last year. Other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) insisted the system would not fit in the equipment the Alliance relies on, but Turkey dismissed their concerns by saying it would not even try to integrate it into the bloc’s air defenses.
Turkey is forced to buy the surface-to-air missile system, as it strives to create a national air defense system, but cannot possibly manufacture the parts locally. However, this constitutes a shift in its choice of partners, as it previously usually clinched deals with the United States and Germany, agreeing to depend on their missiles if need be.