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Turkey Interested In Russian S-500 Missile: President Erdogan

13 Octobre 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that his country, which recently announced plans to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, is also interested in acquiring a future Russian missile system that is still under development, RFE/RL reports.

"In our talks with (Russia President Vladimir) Putin we are not thinking of stopping with the S-400s. We have had talks on the S-500s too", Erdogan said, speaking to reporters as he returned from a trip to Ukraine and Serbia, as cited by Habertürk newspaper.

Ankara's decision to buy the S-400s has been seen in some Western capitals as a snub to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, given tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Syria, while the deal raised concern because the weapons can not be integrated into the alliance's defences. "We have had talks on the S-500s too", he added, referring to a missile system now under development.

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According to The National Interest magazine, the S-500 will be an analogue of the United States' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) and will be "more effective against stealth aircraft".

On September 12, Moscow and Ankara reached an agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems to Turkey.