ISTANBUL — The primary cargo of a Russian missile protection device has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Protection Ministry mentioned Friday, transferring the rustic nearer to conceivable U.S. sanctions and a brand new standoff with Washington.
The S-400 consignment was once dropped at the Murted Air Base out of doors the capital Ankara, the ministry mentioned, in a observation.
“The supply of portions belonging to the device will proceed within the coming days,” Turkey’s Protection Trade Directorate mentioned one at a time. “As soon as the device is totally in a position, it is going to start for use in some way decided by means of the related government.”
The U.S. has strongly suggested NATO member Turkey to tug again from the care for Russia — reportedly costing greater than $2 billion — caution the rustic that it is going to face financial sanctions beneath the Countering The usa’s Adversaries Via Sanctions Act if it is going forward with the acquisition. It has additionally mentioned Turkey would possibly not be allowed to take part in this system to supply high-tech F-35 fighter jets, an airplane Turkey helps to construct and making plans to shop for.
President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned after assembly President Donald Trump at a G-20 summit final month that the U.S. didn’t plan to impose sanctions on Ankara for getting the S-400s. Trump mentioned Turkey had no longer been handled somewhat however didn’t rule out sanctions.
Washington has already began the method of eliminating Turkey from the F-35 program, halting coaching of Turkish pilots in the US at the airplane.
U.S. officers have inspired Turkey to shop for the Patriot missile protection device as an alternative of the S-400s. However Turkey says the be offering does no longer meet its necessities, together with conceivable long run joint manufacturing.
Turkey has refused to mention the place it intends to deploy the S-400. Turkish media stories have mentioned it would take till October for the device to be totally operational.
The care for Russia — the primary such deal between Russia and a NATO member — has additionally raised issues that Turkey is drifting nearer to Moscow’s sphere of affect.