MAJOR: First S-400 on its Way to Turkey

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ANKARA, Turkey – Preparations for sending the Russian S-400 to Turkey continue, and the SAM systems are currently being loaded, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted on Monday, July 8, at a press conference in Ankara.

“At the moment, preparation for the shipment (of S-400) is ongoing. Work continues on their loading. There are agreed dates for the supply of S-400,” Erdogan said, explaining that “the Ministry of National Defense is engaged in planning and choosing a place to accommodate S-400.”

At the same time, Erdogan expressed confidence that the Russian air defense systems will positively affect the security not only of Turkey but also of the entire region.

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Earlier the head of the Office of Defense Industry of Turkey, Ismail Demir, said that the supply of S-400 could begin this week.

Russia and Turkey signed a contract to supply Ankara with the S-400 SAM system in 2017. Turkey is acquiring four S-400 divisions and the contract is worth $ 2.5 billion.

The US is actively trying to prevent Turkey from buying the S-400 air defense system. Earlier, Washington has already warned Ankara that in the event of the acquisition of these weapons systems, the United States would deny Turkey the sale of F-35 fighter-bombers, to which the Turkish side replied that it would consider proposals from Russian military aircraft manufacturers in this case.

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