Tenth Russian cargo plane with S-400 components lands in Ankara
The 10th Russian cargo plane has arrived.
The Turkish Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday the arrival of the tenth aircraft with components of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.
“The delivery of S-400 elements continues as planned. As part of this process, the tenth aircraft landed at Murted Air Base,” the press release said.
How many aircraft will be required for the transfer of property from the S-400 is not specified.
The long-awaited supply of the latest air defense systems, which caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States, began on Friday.
Washington demanded from Turkey to abandon the deal and in exchange to purchase American Patriot complexes, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of the newest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.
However, Ankara refused to make concessions. Next week, as expected, the United States is expected to announce sanctions against Turkey, yet it’s up to Trump’s approval, Bloomberg reported.
The contract for the supply of four S-400 divisions worth $ 2.5 billion was concluded in 2017.
Turkey will pay part of the deal on S-400 itself, and part of it - at the expense of a Russian loan.