Russia, Turkey hold missile sales talks

Moscow and Ankara continued with talks on delivering the S-400 missile system to Turkey, Russia's deputy defense minister said on Tuesday.

"The talks are still continuing. The delivery is only possible if an agreement is reached and there is no agreement so far," Alexander Fomin told reporters in comments reported by Russian news agency TASS.

Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Feb. 22 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would handle the issue during a High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) meeting expected between March 8 and 9 in Moscow.

When questioned how purchasing the S-400 defense system would affect relations between Turkey and NATO, Kalin said: "We do not see disharmony or contradiction."

"There are examples. As you already know, we know that some NATO member countries used such defense systems," Kalin said.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said on Feb. 21 talks with Russia on the air defense system were continuing in a "positive" way.

*Reporting by Hakan Ceyhan Aydogan; Writing by Diyar Guldogan

Source: Anadolu Agency