S-400 Dispute Highlights Ongoing Difficulties in Turkey’s Rapprochement With Russia – Jamestown

Following negotiations, President Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, appeared before the press and made brief statements, but took no questions from journalists (Kremlin.ru, September 28). Immediately after this visit, Putin’s aide for military-technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, made an interesting statement related to the S-400s sale. Specifically, Kozhin explained that “technological transfer between Russia and Turkey is not part of the S-400 agreement” (Interfax, September 29).

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In the ensuing days, the Russian press further clarified that this missile system’s internal control codes would not be shared with Ankara (Gazeta.ru, October 1). This news appeared to somewhat contradict the reported terms of the $2 billion Russo-Turkish deal, which in particular specifies that two of the four purchased S-400 batteries would be co-produced by the two countries.

S-400 Dispute Highlights Ongoing Difficulties in Turkey’s Rapprochement With Russia – Jamestown