Defense Ministry of Turkey has confirmed that “the first group” of Russian S-400 defense systems has been delivered to the air base near Ankara, reported The Fresno Bee.
The US threatened that it would impose economic sanctions on Turkey if it proceeds with the delivery of the Russian-made missile defense system S-400 as its considered to be a threat to the F-35.
In case the US does impose new sanctions, tensions between the US and Turkey will draw to a head. Previously US had sanctioned Turkey for detention of an American citizen. The imposed sanctions caused a currency crisis in Turkey.
US also claimed that Turkey would be drawn out of the F-35 programme by the end of July. However, Turkey insisted that it was “a matter of national sovereignty” to go ahead with the purchase.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website