Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian planes continue to deliver S-400 parts to Turkey

Russian planes continue to deliver S-400 parts to Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed on Monday Russia's delivery of the S-400 missile defense system despite repeated United States calls on Turkey to cancel the deal or face sanctions.

"If God has said, they will be installed in place by April 2020", the president said.

On Sunday, Erdogan said that US President Donald Trump has the authority to waive sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of the defense systems and should find a "middle ground" in the dispute.

This plane delivering components of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems has already become the 3rd one to have landed today in Turkey.

The delivery of components of the S-400 long-range air defence system is ongoing, the ministry added.

The first shipment of the defense missile system-which can shoot down aircraft at a distance of up to 150 miles (240 km)-landed in Ankara last week, and is quickly looking like a sore spot in US-Turkish relations.

"Turkey is the first sign", Slutsky told the RT TV Channel, the Tass state news agency reported.

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The S-400 "Triumf" is the most advanced long-range air defense missile system that went into service in Russian Federation in 2007.

On 14 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the deal with Russian Federation on the S-400 as the most important agreement in modern Turkey.

Russia´s S-400 is capable of shooting down aerial devices of furtive technology, cruise missiles, tactical and tactical-operational ballistic missiles.

Turkey is the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state to receive the S-400 air defense systems from Russian Federation. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

But Washington has stopped training Turkish pilots on the F-35, and has given Ankara until the end of July to get its personnel out of the US.

Ankara " s cooperation with Russian Federation on this missile system has been strongly criticized by Turkey " s North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, the US.

Turkey has refused to bow to USA pressure, saying its defense purchase is a matter of national sovereignty and that the agreement with Russian Federation is a commercial deal it can't cancel.

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