Turkey: S-400 missile defence deployment continues

Wed 17 Jul 2019 09:53 GMT | 13:53 Local Time

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Turkey on Wednesday continued to receive components of Russian S-400 missile defense systems at the Murted Air Base in Ankara, Anadolu Agency reported.

Delivery of the long-range air defense systems continued with the fourth shipment landing in Turkey over six days.

Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the U.S. with no success, Ankara signed a contract in 2017 to purchase the S-400s from Russia.

U.S. officials urged Turkey to buy U.S. Patriot missiles, arguing the Russian system would be incompatible with NATO systems and expose the F-35s to possible Russian subterfuge.

Turkey, however, emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into NATO systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance. It has urged the formation of a commission to clarify any technical issues, but the U.S. has failed to respond to Turkey’s proposal.

The U.S. threatened sanctions over the purchase, with Turkey responding that any sanctions would be met in kind.

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