Turkey loan to buy Russian S-400 missiles ‘not approved’

Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Turkey’s application for a loan to buy Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system has not been approved yet.

In a question by a journalist on whether Turkey’s application for a loan for the purchase had been approved by the Russian administration, Kozhin merely responded by saying “no”.

The CEO of Rostec Corporation, Sergey Chemezov, had announced earlier this month that Ankara and Moscow were in negotiations over providing a loan to Turkey to buy Russian missiles, including the Russian army’s anti-aircraft missile system, the S-400.

If the deal ultimately does go ahead, Turkey will be the first NATO country to buy the S-400 missiles from Russia.

In a flight back from Moscow after meeting with Putin, Turkish president Erdogan had said, “Being a member of NATO doesn’t mean we are not an independent country. We can be a NATO member and conduct business with Russia too. We do not agree with statements that express anything contrary to this,” the president said.