Russian S-400 missile defense system is being unloaded in Turkey
RT Published on Aug 28, 2019
The second battery of the S-400 missile defence system being delivered by Russia to Turkey arrived at an air base near Ankara on Tuesday. Turkey went ahead with the purchase of the Russian-made system, taking delivery of the first battery's shipment last month despite strong objections from its NATO ally, the United States.
The United States had pushed Erdogan's government to scrap the deal, arguing that its purchase would aid Russian intelligence and compromise a US-led fighter jet program.
It suspended Turkey's participation in the F-35 program and has also threatened sanctions against Ankara.
Erdogan has refused to budge despite the Trump administration kicking Turkey out of the multinational program to produce the high-tech F-35 fighter. Turkish officials have dangled the idea of buying Russian Su-35 fighter jets instead.