UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The supply of components of the second battery of the Russian C-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) to Turkey has been completed, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
“Today, the delivery of the components of the second S-400 SAM battery, launched on August 27, to the Myrted airbase in Ankara province has ended,” the report said.
Personnel training and installation of air defense systems continues. It is planned that by April 2020 they will be put into effect.
Deliveries of the latest air defense systems, which caused a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States, began in mid-July. Washington demanded a refusal of the deal and in exchange to acquire American Patriot systems, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions in accordance with CAATSA (Law on Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions). Ankara refused to make concessions.
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