Turkey says interested in Russian S-500 missiles too

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said there was no problem with the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems, adding that Ankara also held talks on the S-500, a THAAD-type system, now under development.

ISTANBUL:Ankara's decision to buy the S-400s has been seen in some Western capitals as a snub to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, given tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Syria.

His Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted on Monday as saying North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey could seek a deal to acquire a missile defence system with another country if Russian Federation does not agree to joint production of the defence shield.

Russian Federation has agreed a deal with Saudi Arabia to supply advanced S-400 air defence missiles to Riyadh, Vladimir Putin's aide has announced. We do not think that we have to stop the cooperation on S-400s agreed with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.

The S-400 deal, announced last month, has also caused concern because the Russian-made weapons can not be integrated into the alliance's defenses.

However, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this week Turkey was not seeking to antagonise the US-led alliance by purchasing the system and is in talks with France and Italy to buy similar weapons.

However, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this week Turkey was not seeking to antagonise the US -led alliance by purchasing the system and is in talks with France and Italy to buy similar weapons.