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Is Russia’s planned missile sale to Turkey the real deal?

Though some critics claim Turkey has no serious intention of buying defense systems from Russia, some military experts say the proposal is definitely feasible.
Russian S-400 Triumph/SA-21 Growler medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe on Saturday with a military parade, showcasing new military hardware at a time when relations with the West have hit lows not seen since the Cold War. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS D

Ankara and Moscow resolved many of their trade issues last week but are still haggling over the price of Russian S-400 long-range anti-aircraft missile systems, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said at a news conference May 10.

During a May 3 meeting at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the presidents of both countries discussed weapons, the sanctions Russia imposed in 2015 after Ankara shot down one of its military jets, Turkish tariffs, construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and the first Turkish nuclear power plant, which is being developed in Akkuyu. Both also said they support the creation of safe zones in Syria.

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