Ankara completes purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, Turkish defense minister says

Above, Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems on display during the Victory Day parade in May 2016. Ankara said that the purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles has been completed. (Reuters)
Updated 12 November 2017

Ankara completes purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, Turkish defense minister says

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles has been completed but Ankara is discussing a further deal with a European consortium to help it develop its own missile defense system, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said.
The decision by NATO member Turkey to buy the S-400s from Moscow has been seen by some of its Western allies as a snub to the alliance. The deal has also raised concern because the weapons cannot be integrated into NATO defenses.
A senior NATO commander told Reuters last week that the alliance would continue to press Ankara to buy weapons that could work together with NATO systems, adding that so far no S-400s had been delivered to Turkey.
“It is finished, the S-400 missiles have been bought. The rest is just details now,” Canikli said in televised comments in the Black Sea town of Giresun.
But Turkey was not content with the S-400 deal alone, he added. “We are also making preliminary agreements with the EUROSAM consortium to have this technology to develop, produce and use our own sources for air defense systems,” Canikli said, referring to a joint Franco-Italian defense project.
Canikli signed a letter of intent with France and Italy in Brussels on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in defense projects including missile defense, Turkish defense ministry sources said last week.
They said that as a first step, EUROSAM and Turkish companies will look into a system based on the SAMP-T missile system produced by EUROSAM.


Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

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Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

  • The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha

AMMAN: Jordanian officials have reached a deal with local representatives to end two days of clashes over government efforts to curb cross-border cigarette smuggling from Syria.
The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha. Many residents of the impoverished city have made a living selling cigarettes that were smuggled in Syria for a profit in Jordan, prompting the government to tighten customs regulations.
In recent days, protesters blocked streets with stones and tires and threw fire bombs at police, who fired tear gas to disperse them.
Such anti-government violence is rare in Jordan.
Petra news agency and other local media reported the agreement to end clashes on Sunday.