A first part of the S-400 defense system hardware has been delivered to Turkey, the country’s defense ministry said on July 12.
“First batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, which is procured to meet Turkey’s air and missile defense need, has started to arrive at Murted Air Base in Ankara as of July 12, 2019,” the defense ministry said on Twitter.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the S-400 hardware was delivered to the Mürted Air Base near Ankara. Turkish media also released a video showing a Russian aircraft there.
According to the defense ministry, the delivery of the S-400 missile system will continue in the coming days.
The United States is in a strong opposition to Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400. Washington has repeatedly threatened Ankara with sanctions and claimed that it will break the F-35 deal with Turkey if the S-400 is acquired.
US officials argued that the S-400 is incompatible with NATO equipment, and that having Turkey operating both the Russian weapons and the F-35 could give Russia access to the US jets’ secret stealth technology. Nonetheless, the main issue behind this is that Washington is against any further rapprochement between Russia and Turkey, the key NATO member states
Since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria in 2015, the Russian-Turkish relations have passed several stages, including the large-scale crisis over the Su-24 shootdown by the Turkish Air Force. Nonetheless, in the current situation, the town countries act like a kind of partners dealing with a wide range of topics related to the security in the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions.
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