Yesterday, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, announced that Russia will supply four S-400 missile batteries for $2.5 billion to Turkey.
This seems bizarre for a number of reasons.
- Turkey is a NATO country
- Russo-Turkish relations were at all times low not too long ago when Turkey shot down a Russian jet. But it must be noted that recently, Russia and Turkey have steadily improved their relations which has seen Turkey bypassing their Western allies on Syria and making separate negotiations with Russia and Iran.
What political goals is Russia trying to achieve by selling S400s to the Turks? Are they trying to get Turkey to drift further towards Russo-Chinese camp? How can they be so sure that a piece of their latest weaponry won't fall into the hands of Americans? Or is Erdogan trying to be a modern day Marshal Tito by cultivating favorable relations with both the West and the Russians?