MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara had already put down a deposit on Russian S-400 air defense missile systems.
"Our friends have already signed [an agreement on] S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know. The process will continue through a transfer of a credit from Russia to us. Both Mr. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue," Erdogan said, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News.
The S-400 is Russia's next-generation air defense system. It carries three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely-long ranges.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on July 18 that the negotiations on the air defense system's delivery had reached their the final stage.