Russia rejects criticism of missile deal with Turkey
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
“No one has the right to criticize Russia and Turkey for military-technical cooperation, which is carried out in strict accordance with international law and is not directed against any third countries,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the official TASS news agency.
“Therefore, no one has any reason to express any critical considerations in this regard,” he added.
On Sept. 25, Defense Undersecretary İsmail Demir said delivery of the missile system would begin within two years.
The deal has caused concern among Turkey’s NATO allies, who say the Russian air defense system is incompatible with NATO systems.
Commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s one-day visit to Ankara slated for Sept. 28, Peskov said the trip had “extremely pragmatic” goals. Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are expected to cover ties be-tween the countries and the conflict in Syria.
In recent years, Turkey has sought to build its domestic defense industry to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers.