Ankara resumes plans to buy S-400 systems despite US warning

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said Turkey will receive the Russian air defence S-400 missiles in 2019 despite constant pressure from the United States, Russian pro-government newspaper Sputnik wrote on Friday.

"Not only our traditional partners but also, as you know, NATO countries — Turkey, despite all threats on the part of the United States, has not given up this contract. In 2019, it will receive all the equipment in accordance with our contractual obligations on time,” Sputnik quoted Borisov as saying.

Last year, Turkey signed a $2.5 billion agreement with Russia for the S-400 missiles. Ankara expects to receive the S-400s next year, and the system is planned to be ready for battle by 2020.

The dispute over the S-400 purchase comes amid broader friction between Turkey and its partners in NATO.

Ankara’s decision to purchase of S-400 missile systems is one of the several issues that are at the centre of souring relations between Turkey and the United States.

The U.S. Senate in early June passed a bill calling for sanctions on Turkey for the purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia and includes a section on removing Turkey from the F-35 programme.

NATO officials also cautioned Turkey about using the F-35 and S-400 together, saying this could compromise the F-35 and jeopardise the stealth fighter's technological edge in a NATO meeting in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sep 2 that Ankara would not ask any country for permission to purchase S-400 defence missile systems from Russia.

https://sputniknews.com/world/201809141068022113-ankara-missile-purchase-us-pressure/
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