Turkey confirms delivery of second Russian anti-missile system

Source: The Hill | September 15, 2019 | Zack Budryk

A second delivery of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, set to become active next April, has been completed as of Sunday, Turkish officials said, according to Reuters.

The S-400 systems have been a major point of contention between the U.S. and Turkey, with the U.S. arguing the systems are not compatible with NATO defenses and could pose a threat to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jets, according to Reuters.

But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusglu told CNN Turk that the systems will be activated regardless, according to Reuters.

“They (U.S. officials) told us ‘don’t activate them and we can sort this out’, but we told them that we didn’t buy these systems as a prop,” Cavusoglu said, although he said that Turkey would not rule out buying Patriot systems from the U.S.’ Raytheon either, according to the news service.

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