Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with the Turkish Habertürk TV channel that the United States turned to the Turkish authorities with "various proposals" regarding the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in service with the country.
According to Cavusoglu, the Americans offered Turkey to send these systems to Ukraine, and also asked for access to them for their study. However, the Turkish authorities refused the US, citing the fact that this is contrary to the independent policy of the country.
In 2019, the Russian Rosoboronexport reported on the fulfillment of an order for the supply to Turkey of components for four divisions of C-400 air defense systems. The head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia Dmitry Shugaev in August 2022 announced the conclusion of an agreement on the supply of another regiment of these systems. According to his statement, some components for them will be produced locally in Turkey.
In April 2023, the head of the country's Department of Defense Industry, Ismail Demir, said that it would take "at least six years" to create a Turkish air defense system like the S-400, which is capable of shooting down long-range ballistic missiles. noted that the discussion with the Russian side of the possibility of producing components for the C-400 in Turkey "took time and will take [it] in the future."
On April 20, the S-400 complex turned over on the Crimea highway near Tula. As the examination after the accident showed , his driver, a 33-year-old contract soldier, was drunk.