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    Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) denied on Tuesday the reported start of S-400 missile systems deliveries to China.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — FSMTC spokeswoman Maria Vorobyeva told reporters that Russia and China are implementing the S-400 Triumf delivery contract "in strict accordance with its terms and conditions."

    "The deliveries will be made within the deadlines secured in the relevant documents," Vorobyeva said a day after a Russian lawmaker told local radio that S-400 supplies to China got underway.

    Vladimir Gutenev later clarified to online media that the S-400 were at the production stage and not at the stage of delivery.

    According to the FSMTC, the contract on the delivery of the S-400 to China is expected to be fulfilled by 2020.

    Russia is currently discussing a potential deal on S-400 with Turkey.

    The S-400 is Russia's newest air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.


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