Turkey takes delivery of Russian missile system parts, to US ire
Turkey says the purchase, which dates back to 2017, was necessary as Nato allies, including the US, refused to sell it what it wanted
Ankara — Turkey says it has received the first major deliveries of a Russian missile-defence system, which purchase has drawn the threat of US sanctions over its potential to undermine Nato’s military capabilities. The lira has subsequently weakened.
A Russian plane carrying parts for the S-400 batteries landed at an air base near the Turkish capital of Ankara on Friday, Turkey’s top defence board said. The currency fell on the news and was trading 1.7% lower at $5.7720 as of 4.13pm in Istanbul. Senior US defence department officials were scheduled to hold a media briefing at the Pentagon outlining the US response to Turkey at 11.15am in Washington.