“We have something to offer our Turkish partners in this area in terms of various systems. They also have great achievements. We can seriously help them, ”RIA Novosti quoted Shugaev as saying.

He also confirmed that Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems will begin combat duty in Turkey by the spring of 2020 after completing the training of Turkish military specialists.

“The contract on the S-400 for Turkey is being carried out as usual ... By spring, the system will be on combat duty,” the head of the FSVTS emphasized.

Earlier, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he did not intend to abandon the S-400 for the acquisition of the American Patriot air defense systems.