The long-awaited deliveries of the defense system began Friday when the first batch of equipment, procured to meet Turkey's air and missile defense needs, arrived at the air base in Ankara. The opposite would mean the loss of Turkey's recent gains.
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The S-400 "Triumf" is the most advanced long-range air defense missile system that went into service in Russian Federation in 2007.
The S-400-code named the SA-21 Growler by NATO-is considered one of the most potent anti-air weapons in the world. He stressed that despite appeals from the US, Turkey will not abandon the purchase of the S-400.
A full partner in the F-35 program, Turkey has ordered 30 of the stealth fighter jets and sent pilots to the United States to train on the aircraft.
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Turkey seeks peace, security by purchasing Russian S-400 system
Congress, and the Administration must respond to such actions with sanctions against its defense industry and economy". It has halted training of Turkish pilots in the U.S. on the aircraft and refused to accept any others.
On Monday, agency S&P Global said Turkey's credit rating is only likely to be affected by United States sanctions if they specifically target the country's banks.
Turkey's Ministry of Defence has reported on Twitter, that the Russian plane carrying the air defence hardware has successfully landed and delivery of components of the S-400 long-range air defence system continues.
He pointed out that in 2017 Turkey tried to purchase U.S. made Patriot defence missiles, but the Congress refused the deal forcing Ankara to look elsewhere for its defence needs. American officials fear that Turkey's use of the S-400 could help Russian Federation expose weaknesses in the F-35.
In recent months U.S. officials urged Turkey to buy U.S. Patriot missiles, arguing the Russian system would be incompatible with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems and expose U.S. F-35 fighter jets to possible Russian subterfuge. He faces a weakened economy, worsening relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States over the S-400 purchase, and a humiliating loss for his party in the recent Istanbul local election.