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.


French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

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French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

  • Jean-Yves Le Drian is the second top western diplomat to visit Sudan this month
  • SUNA says Le Drian will meet with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the newly appointed Sovereign Council

CAIRO: France’s foreign minister has arrived in Sudan to meet with the African country’s new leaders, weeks after the formation of the first civilian-led government since the military ousted former President Omar Al-Bashir in April.
Sudan’s state-run news agency said Jean-Yves Le Drian landed in the capital, Khartoum, on Monday. He’s the second top western diplomat to visit Sudan this month, following Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
SUNA says Le Drian will meet with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the newly appointed Sovereign Council, as well as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Foreign Minister Assma Abdalla.
The visit comes two weeks after the formation of a power-sharing government by the pro-democracy movement and the generals who overthrew of Al-Bashir after months of mass protests against his rule.