Turkey Signs Deal to Buy Russian S-400 Missile Systems


According to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow. The accord for the surface-to-air missile defence batteries is Ankara’s most significant pact with a non-NATO supplier. Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has currently troubled ties with the United States over a number of issues including Washington’s support of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurd militia which Ankara considers a terror group. Turkey has the second-largest army in NATO.