Ankara Keeps Plans to Buy S-400 Systems Despite US Pressure - Russian Deputy PM
08:00 14.09.2018(updated 10:15 14.09.2018)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov's statement comes following earlier US media reports that Turkey has begun construction of a platform site for a Russian S-400 missile defense system, despite pressure from Washington to abandon plans to purchase the military equipment.
Turkey will receive Russian S-400 air defense missile systems in 2019, despite constant pressure from the United States, Borisov told reporters.
"I think that Almaz-Antey [the manufacturer] will not have problems with loading for the next decade. Not only our traditional partners, but also, as you know, NATO countries – Turkey, despite all threats on the part of the United States, has not given up this contract. In 2019, it will receive all the equipment in accordance with our contractual obligations on time," the official said.
On US Dollar
Borisov also noted that Russia should abandon the use of dollars in its military contracts with countries other than the US, stressing that using the American currency was "a problem that has its own solution."
"We do not need dollars. We need rubles. The ruble is a stable currency despite its volatility and exchange rate fluctuations … Why should we have contracts with Iraq or China in US dollars? There is no need for that," the deputy prime minister said.
On Nuclear Icebreakers
Borisov also pointed out that Russian shipbuilding companies will build three nuclear icebreakers of the new Lider class (Project 10510) further stating that "the issue of funding has been resolved."
The official added that the new nuclear-powered icebreakers would be built by the shipbuilding complex Zvezda in cooperation with other Russian shipbuilders, including the Baltic Shipyard where three project 22220 icebreakers were being constructed.
The Lider-class icebreakers (Project 10510) are expected to be equipped with an engine that produces 120 megawatts, making them the most powerful icebreakers in the world.
On French Components for Tank Sights
The Russian official emphasized that only domestic components for tank sighting systems are now being used as replacement to French ones. However, Borisov admitted that after the introduction of sanctions and the refusal of the French partners to supply the components Russia experienced difficulties.
Nevertheless, he noted that Russia no longer depends on anyone in this sphere, as the devices have been reproduced and the supplies of matrix photodetectors for Uralvagonzavod have started this year, primarily for tank production.
On Ukrainian Components for Military Vehicles
In addition, Borisov told reporters that Russia has completely substituted Ukrainian components for Russian military vehicles stressing that "the issue of dependence on Ukrainian deliveries has been completely settled" including the problems that Russia faced in 2014.
The deputy prime minister further noted that in 2014 Russia depended on Ukrainian supplies of helicopter engines as well as turbine units for the vessels of corvette and frigate classes.
The development on purchase of Russian S-400s missile defense system comes after Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement to supply S-400s to Ankara. According to a statement by the Turkish defense industry secretariat, two S-400 batteries will be operated and serviced by the Turkish military.
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