ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The primary of the Russian S-400 protection techniques that Ankara has bought shall be loaded on to cargo planes on Sunday and arrive in Turkey a while subsequent week, privately-held broadcaster Haberturk reported.
Washington has stated that U.S. sanctions could be triggered when the missile batteries arrive in NATO ally Turkey.
The preliminary S-400 supply shall be despatched on two cargo planes from a Russian army air base, Haberturk stated with out citing a supply. It additionally reported Russian technical staff that might oversee its set up is anticipated to reach in Turkey by Monday.
Turkey and the US have been at odds over Ankara’s resolution to purchase the S-400s, which Washington says usually are not suitable with NATO defenses and would compromise U.S. F-35 fighter jets, which Turkey helps construct and in addition plans to purchase.
Washington has additionally formally began the method of expelling Turkey from this system for F-35s, made by Lockheed Martin Corp.
Sanctioning Turkey and eradicating it from the F-35 program could be one of the important ruptures in latest historical past within the relationship between the 2 nations.
Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Enhancing by Jonathan Spicer