Despite US warnings, Russian missile defense systems land in Turkey

Despite US warnings, Russian missile defense systems land in Turkey

The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

The episode has put the United States in an uncomfortable bind.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Isik has defended the purchase, saying in 2017 as defense minister that Turkey needed a missile defense system and had negotiated with different nations. "These negotiations showed us that Russian Federation is the most compatible country", Akar said.

Russian Federation said the S-400 - nicknamed the "F-35 killer" by Moscow - is the "newest air defense system created to destroy a wide range of modern and promising means of air attack" in contested domains. "About 20 Turkish servicemen underwent training at a Russian training center in May and June, according to the source". "The Russians are very successfully creating a conflict between Turkey, NATO and the United States".

Turkish media reports have said Turkey is expected to take delivery of two S-400 batteries. Those jets will remain at the base for the time being, a Defense Department official told on Friday.

Erdogan confirmed on Monday that preparations for the shipment of the weapons system were underway, and said on Wednesday that Turkey would use the system "wherever and however we need them". "Interoperability of our armed forces is fundamental to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for the conduct of our operations and missions".

Turkey maintains that it has fulfilled all of its financial obligations concerning the F-35 programme and can not be excluded from the project.

As a result, the Defense Department outlined a list of actions the USA would begin taking to suspend Turkey's participation in the F-35 program starting July 31, including shelving any new training programs for Turkish personnel on the F-35 in the US and canceling all Turkish Invitational Travel Orders (ITOs) and Common Access Card (CAC) access at F-35 Joint Program Office facilities.

A Turkish Defense Ministry video showed two planes landing at the air base and unloading various military trucks, some of which appeared to be carrying parts of the system. And Turkish maintenance personnel are being trained at Eglin AFB, Fla. The Trump administration must now decide to what extent it will follow through on its own laws and policies to punish Turkey. The countries have come to agreements on military equipment and monitoring and enforcing ceasefires in Syria.

The U.S. actions against Turkey with the F-35 are a bilateral issue, but questions now arise about how the S-400 delivery will impact the relationship between Ankara and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It has said it was forced to buy the S-400s because Washington refused to supply the American-made Patriot systems to Turkey. It manufactures part of the F-35 and is due to be a regional hub for maintenance of the aircraft.

The Pentagon was initially set to discuss its plan Friday morning to remove Turkey from the F-35 program, but the briefing was canceled.

Turkey received the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defence system on Friday, sparking North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "concern" and risking deepening tensions with the United States, which has repeatedly warned against the purchase.

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