Russian state media is touting the initial delivery of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system to the Turkish nation in defiance of American demands to stop the acquisition by President Erdogan’s military.
The Ministry of National Defense of Turkey confirmed on Saturday the landing of the fourth Russian aircraft with parts of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems at Murted airbase in the province of Ankara, declared Russian state news media TASS.
Deliveries of S-400 parts are continuing – the fourth plane landed at Murted airbase, the ministry said.
Deliveries to Turkey began on July 12. According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, on this day three cargo planes delivered several tractors and a loading vehicle from the S-400 complex.
The first reports of the negotiations between Russia and Turkey on the supply of S-400 appeared in November 2016. The contract was confirmed by the Russian side on September 12, 2017. Sergey Chemezov, General director of Rostec state corporation, said in December 2017 that the price of supplying Ankara with S-400 systems is $2.5 bln.
U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the situation after the G-20 summit in Osaka.
“They would not let him buy the missile that he wanted to buy, which is the Patriot,…He’s a NATO member. He’s somebody that I’ve become friendly with. And you have to treat people fairly. I don’t think he was treated fairly.
“I think it’s a mess,” Trump added, “Honestly, it’s not really Erdogan’s fault.”
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