The tenth Russian aircraft with a new batch of components for S-400 missile systems has arrived in Ankara, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense reported on Tuesday.
Gen. Mark Milley, Trump's choice to be the next chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said in written testimony to the Senate Thursday that "my recommendation would be to discontinue the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey and unwind Turkey from the F-35 program if Turkey accepts delivery of the S-400".
The sophisticated S-400 system, which became operational in 2007, is created to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ones.
Deliveries of Russia's S-400 missile systems to Turkey began on July 12. It has halted training of Turkish pilots in the U.S. on the aircraft and refused to accept any others.
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"After numerous attempts by the United States to convince Turkey from purchasing and delivering the Russian S-400 missiles, Erdoğan chose to take his own path. Congress, and the Administration must respond to such actions with sanctions against its defense industry and economy".
Washington has repeatedly threatened to halt Turkey's purchase of F-35 fighters if Ankara goes ahead with the delivery of the S-400s.
Abdulkader remarked that "Turkey is no longer a reliable American ally, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is at risk", and that Friday's development "is a clear violation" of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. "It's essential to calibrate U.S. policy to reality rather than wishful thinking", said Rubin. "Our defence industry produces parts for the F-35, so in the event of sanctions being imposed, our industry would experience a rough patch, but we'll then get passed this", he said. 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.