Turkey has signed an agreement of cooperation with Franco-Italian concern Eurosam to develop its own anti-missile defense complexes. At the same time, negotiations with the Russian Federation on the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems still continue, Defense Minister Fikri Işık said.
"Today, our defense industry department signed a memorandum with Eurosam on the development of a national missile defense system, to be done in cooperation with France and Italy," Hurriyet newspaper quotes Işık as saying.
Işık emphasized that Turkey is going to satisfy its urgent needs in the field of missile defense by buying the S-400. "The work here continues; there are no problems," the Turkish minister added.
In early June, the General Director of Rostec, Sergey Chemezov said that Russia and Turkey agreed on all technical issues concerning signing the contract for the supply of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Ankara. Presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin noted that Russia sees no obstacles in the delivery of the S-400 to Turkey in connection with its membership in NATO.