Russia to sell air-defence system to Turkey

Ankara and Moscow are on opposing sides of the Syrian conflict [Getty]
Russia has singed a deal with Turkey that will see Moscow selling its latest S-400 air-defence system to Ankara, Russian officials said Saturday, according to a report by the New Arab.

“Moscow and Ankara have almost finished discussing the technical side of the contract for S-400,” Russian state giant Rostec said in a statement as reported by the New Arab.

Turkish and Russian finance ministries were also discussing giving Ankara loans to allow it to purchase the air-defence system, according to the report.

The potential sale of the hi-tech system by Russia to NATO-member Turkey marks the latest step in a dramatic turnaround in relations since the two fell out after Ankara downed a Russian warplane on the Syrian border in 2015, wrote the New Arab.

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