Monday, November 29, 1999

Russia hopes to sell missiles to Turkey - RIA

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Russia hopes to sell Turkey surface-to-air missile systems, state-run news agency RIA cited the head of Russia's arms export company as saying on Wednesday."The Turkish army has a great need to acquire S-300 and S-400 missile systems," RIA quoted Rosoboronexport director Anatoly Isaikin as saying, referring to two Russian missiles.Isaikin, speaking in Paris, said Russia had told Turkey it was prepared to participate in a tender for the supply of missile systems, RIA reported.He said Western companies would also be competing.Turkey buys most of its defence systems from NATO allies.Russia has put on hold the delivery of S-300s to Iran under a controversial contract after supporting new U.N. sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme.(Reporting by Steve Gutterman; editing by Robert Woodward)

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