Turkey to receive first S-400s in July, Russian arms trade official says

Moscow will begin shipping its S-400 air defence missile systems to Turkey in July, news channel Russia Today quoted the chief of Russia’s state arms trade agency as saying on Wednesday.

All issues pertaining to the contact have been “settled,” and Russia and Turkey are now working on its execution, Aleksandr Mikheyev of Rosoboronexport told Russia Today.

The United States has said it is preparing to impose sanctions on Turkey and freeze the delivery of American-made F-35 fighter jets if the country proceeds with its planned acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defence system, which Washington and its NATO allies see as incompatible with NATO systems and posing a security threat to the F-35 stealth fighter. 

The Turkish foreign minister, defence minister and the chief of general staff convened in Ankara on Wednesday for a summit whose main item is the U.S. withdrawal from Syria as well as increasing tensions over the planned purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system and the F-35 fighter jet programme, Dünya newspaper reported. 

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu,  Hulusi Akar, Yaşar Güler, as well as the commanders-in-chief for the Turkish Armed Forces are set to discuss the roadmap Ankara will follow with regard to the issues, which have plagued relations with the United States.

Ankara has said it will push through with the purchase, despite increasing pressure to scrap the deal from the United States.