</p> <p>Russia has signed a deal with Turkey for the delivery of anti-aircraft missiles in a move that is widely seen as a snub to NATO.<br /> </p> <p>The sale of the S400 surface-to-air missiles cements Ankara’s ties with Moscow following a period of fraught relations after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet on the border with Syria in late 2015. The deal also suggests Turkey is moving away from its Western NATO allies.<br /> </p> <p>“Nobody has the right to discuss the Turkish republic’s independence principles or independent decisions about its defense industry,” Turkish President Recep Erdogan was <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-has-put-down-a-deposit-on-s-400-missiles-to-russia-erdogan-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117844&NewsC atID=510 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-has-put-down-a-deposit-on-s-400-missiles-to-russia-erdogan-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117844&NewsC atID=510 ">cited</a> as saying by media on Tuesday, adding a deposit on the missiles had already been paid.</p> <p>Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation <a target="_blank" href="http://www.interfax.ru/russia/578758 ">confirmed</a> to the Interfax news agency on Tuesday that a contract had been signed.</p> </div> <div class="navigation-inner"><a class="prev-post" href="http://cultureru.com/in-russia-80-people-die-of-aids-every-day/" rel="next">In Russia, 80 People Die of AIDS Every Day</a><a class="next-post" href="http://cultureru.com/russias-largest-cinema-chain-cancels-mathilde/" rel="prev">Russia’s Largest Cinema Chain Cancels ‘Mathilde’</a></div> <div class="gap-20"></div> </article><!-- #post-18123 --> </div><!-- #content .wf-cell --> </div><!-- .wf-container --> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #main --> <!-- !Bottom-bar --> <div id="bottom-bar" role="contentinfo"> <div class="wf-wrap"> <div class="wf-table wf-mobile-collapsed"> <div class="wf-td"> </div> </div> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #bottom-bar --> <a href="#" class="scroll-top"></a> </div><!-- #page --> <script type="text/javascript">(function(w,doc) { if (!w.__utlWdgt ) { w.__utlWdgt = true; var d = doc, s = d.createElement('script'), g = 'getElementsByTagName'; s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.charset='UTF-8'; s.async = true; s.src = ('https:' == w.location.protocol ? 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