S-400 hardware deployment to Ankara continues as another Russian plane carrying parts lands
Russia on Sunday sent new components of its S-400 air defence system to a military air base near the Turkish capital Ankara. Three more cargo planes carrying components landed at Murted Airbase outside Ankara, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Twitter on Sunday. Turkey received the first three shipments of S-400 components on Friday and a fourth shipment on Saturday.
Delivery of S-400 defense missile systems is continuing, Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
Delivery of S-400 Long Range Air and Missile Defense Systems is continuing as planned, and the seventh Russian plane carrying S-400 parts landed at Murted Airbase outside Ankara, the ministry said on Twitter.
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 Russian S-400s.
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.
Turkey has urged formation of a commission to clarify any technical issues, but the U.S. has failed to respond to this proposal.
The U.S. has threatened sanctions over the purchase, with Turkey responding that any sanctions would be met in kind.