Turkey receives second shipment of Russian S-400 components

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan EPA-EFE  STR

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan EPA-EFE STR

As is known, the signing by Turkey of an agreement with the Russian Federation regarding the supply of the S-400 air defense system was sharply criticized in the West.

Notably, the commitment to the S-400 deal found support even in Turkey's opposition Republican People's Party, as its leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu backed the efforts to ensure the country's security and slammed the U.S. for its refusal to sell Patriots to Ankara.

The source said that a third delivery, consisting of more than "120 anti-aircraft missiles of various types" will arrive in Turkey "tentatively at the end of the summer, by sea".

It is hard to understand for security experts why Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the Russian-made S-400 air defence systems "at all costs", Boris Kálnoky laments in his article for the German media site Die Welt. The U.S. has stopped delivery of its latest F-35 jet if the Russian Federation missiles are deployed, and Turkish firms may lose contracts to build significant parts of the expensive and complex F-35. VOA reported that a Russian transport jet Friday delivered the first parts of the $2.2 billion missile system, causing concern from Brussels to Washington.

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, the deployment of S-400 missile systems is likely to begin in October. He held a 30-minute phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, but the Pentagon did not provide any details from the call, according to the VOA report.

Asked about the US sanctions on Iran, Erdogan underlined that the region is exhausted of war and that Turkey disapproves of the sanctions. "Unfortunately, he has clearly made the wrong one", said the US House Foreign Affairs Committee in a joint statement.

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Turkey on Friday announced it had received the first shipment of the Russian system, ignoring several warnings from the U.S.

Asked about a proposal by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez to lift the arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot administration, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters he believed U.S. President Donald Trump would "not fall for this scheme".

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

It is not yet known where the S-400 will be deployed.

It was not immediately clear how harsh the sanctions would be or what industries they may target. But Turkey, which is establishing closer ties with Russian Federation, has refused to bow to pressure from Washington, calling it a matter of national sovereignty.

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