Turkey ready to 'actively' use S-400s in April, expects US to be 'reasonable' ? Erdogan

Turkey ready to 'actively' use S-400s in April, expects US to be 'reasonable' ? Erdogan

Turkey will be able to actively use the S-400s from April 2020, after their assembly and personnel training is completed, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech at the HQ of the ruling Justice and Development Party on Friday.

Moscow began shipping the S-400 components and equipment to Ankara earlier this month. Under the $2.5 billion contract, the nation is set to receive four batteries of the top-notch missile system.

Ankara is implementing the deal despite repeated protests from its ally Washington. The US insists that the purchase of the Russian-made weapons hurts NATOs security, and has frozen the delivery of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey in an effort to pressure it into scrapping the contract with Russia.

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Speaking to Defense One on Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham warned that there are no options left but to sanction Turkey should it deploy the S-400s.

Turkey, meanwhile, had always maintained that it is absolutely free to choose who it buys weapons from and vowed to retaliate against any sanctions. I hope the US will act reasonably, Erdogan said on Friday, stressing that he will not allow any injustices be done to the country over the S-400 deal.

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Published time: 2019-07-26 14:07:51
Source: www.rt.com