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WorldTurkey begins to take delivery of Russian missile system, raising tensions with U.S.

18:42  12 july  2019
18:42  12 july  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Russia delivers more air defense equipment to Turkey

Russia delivers more air defense equipment to Turkey Russia delivers more air defense equipment to Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally. The ministry said a fourth Russian cargo plane landed at the Murted air base near the Turkish capital Ankara, a day after three huge Russian air force AN-124 planes offloaded equipment at the base. Washington has tried for months to prevent the deal, arguing that the Russian S-400 air defense system is incompatible with NATO systems. It also says that if the S-400s are deployed near U.S.

ISTANBUL — The first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions and will test the NATO alliance.

Turkey is standing firm against U . S . opposition and expects to take delivery of Russia ' s S -400 missile defense systems next month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. Speaking to a group of foreign journalists

Turkey begins to take delivery of Russian missile system, raising tensions with U.S. © Alexander Nemenov The S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system on display in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow.

Turkey took its first shipment of an advanced Russian missile defense system Friday, ignoring repeated warnings from Washington and fueling concerns about where the country's loyalties lie between the West and Moscow.

Turkey is reportedly paying some $2 billion for Russia's S-400 , which is among the most advanced and feared air-defense systems in the world.

The "first batch" of components were delivered to the Murted Air Base outside the capital, Ankara, the Russian defense ministry said in a statement, and more parts would be delivered from Russia to Turkey "in the coming days," Turkey's Defense Industry Directorate added.

Erdogan says Trump can waive sanctions on Turkey for Russian defense purchase

Erdogan says Trump can waive sanctions on Turkey for Russian defense purchase U.S. President Donald Trump has the authority to waive sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russian air defense systems and should find a "middle ground" in the dispute, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday. Erdogan's comments came two days after NATO member Turkey took delivery of the first consignment of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense system parts, despite warnings from Washington that the move would trigger U.S. sanctions. Broadcaster Haberturk quoted Erdogan as telling Turkish journalists that Trump "has the authority to waive or postpone CAATSA", referring to U.S.

S -400 anti-air missile systems will begin to arrive in Turkey in two months, says the head of Russian state defense corporation Rostec, despite Washington warning Ankara that the deal could threaten Tensions have been high between Turkey and the US as the NATO allies diverged over the arms sale.

Turkey ' s decision to purchase the Russian system has driven a wedge between the two NATO allies. The United States says the Russian system is Erdogan did not elaborate on the counter-measures Turkey could take . Some commentators have suggested that Turkey could bar U . S . jets from using

"The S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is the newest air defense system and is designed to defeat a wide range of modern and prospective air attack weapons," the Russian defense ministry said.

The deal is the first of its kind between a NATO member and Russia, and risks a showdown with the U.S.

Turkey has been a NATO member since 1952. It boasts the alliance's its largest number of troops after the U.S., with more personnel than France and the United Kingdom combined, according to NATO figures .

Ankara has ordered around 30 of the F-35 stealth fighter jets that Washington hopes will form the alliance's aerial backbone. Turkey has also helped manufacture parts for the jet and its pilots have been running training flights at an air base in Arizona.

Trump administration weighs penalties on Turkey for Russian missile system delivery

Trump administration weighs penalties on Turkey for Russian missile system delivery The Trump administration has yet to respond to Turkey's decision to accept delivery of a Russian missile defense system.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey is standing firm against U . S . opposition and expects to take delivery of Russia ' s S -400 missile defense systems next month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. Speaking to a group of foreign journalists, Erdogan reiterated that the deal with Russia was sealed

ISTANBUL - Turkey is standing firm against U . S . opposition and expects to take delivery of Russia ’ s S -400 missile defence systems next month Turkey ’ s decision to purchase the Russian system has driven a wedge between the two NATO allies. The United States says the Russian system is

However, the U.S. and other industry analysts warn that the S-400 is incompatible with NATO's systems.

More worrying from Washington's perspective is if the Russian missile system and American jets are deployed on the same soil, the S-400 could learn how to track the stealth F-35 and perhaps even target its vulnerabilities.

In light of this, Washington has already started the process of removing Turkey from the F-35 program, halting the training of Turkish pilots in the U.S.

It has also warned Turkey that if it goes ahead with the purchase, it will face economic sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. It this act — known as CAATSA — that the U.S. deployed when China bought the S-400 and other equipment from Russia's blacklisted state arms export agency.

In February, Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. "will not stand idly by while NATO allies purchase weapons from our adversaries."

Turkey warns United States against harmful steps over Russian S-400s

Turkey warns United States against harmful steps over Russian S-400s Turkey called on the United States on Wednesday to avoid steps harmful to bilateral relations after the U.S. State Department spokeswoman reiterated Ankara would face "real and negative consequences" for acquiring Russian S-400 defense systems. Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman said the comments by the State Department's Morgan Ortagus on Tuesday were not in line with the spirit and content of talks between presidents of the two countries at the G20 summit last month. "We invite the U.S.

The S -400 missile system on display during a military parade in Moscow in 2015. Tensions escalated in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and then began fomenting armed The purchase of Russian missiles would take cooperation to a new level, but is not the first time that Turkey has

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey is standing firm against U . S . opposition and expects to take delivery of Russia ’ s S -400 missile defense systems next month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. Speaking to a group of foreign journalists, Erdogan reiterated that the deal with Russia was sealed

U.S. officials have encouraged Turkey to buy the Patriot missile defense system instead of the S-400s. But Turkey says the offer does not meet its requirements, including possible future joint production.

President Tayyip Erdogan said after meeting President Donald Trump at a G-20 summit last month that the U.S. did not plan to impose sanctions on Ankara for buying the S-400s. Trump said Turkey had not been treated fairly but did not rule out sanctions.

The deal has been fueling concerns that Turkey is drifting toward Moscow.

Russia has already built the TurkStream gas pipeline across the Black Sea, an energy artery that will sent 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas each year to western Turkey and the Balkans. Russia is also in the midst of constructing Turkey's first nuclear power plant at a cost of $20 million.

Meanwhile, U.S.-Turkey relations have frayed in Syria, where Ankara opposes Kurdish fighters who are backed by Washington and have been instrumental in the fight against ISIS.

Turkey has also been calling for the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen , the exiled cleric currently holed up in a Pennsylvania compound who remains a target of Erdogan.

Alexander Smith reported from London, Elena Holodny reported from Moscow.


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