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First Shipment of Russia's S-400 to Turkey Completed as US Suspends Ankara From F-35 Programme

© REUTERS / Turkish Military/Turkish Defence MinistryFirst parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system are unloaded from a Russian plane at Murted Airport, known as Akinci Air Base, near Ankara, Turkey, July 12, 2019
First parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system are unloaded from a Russian plane at Murted Airport, known as Akinci Air Base, near Ankara, Turkey, July 12, 2019 - Sputnik International
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The first batch of Russian S-400 missile defence system components was delivered to Turkey on July 12 in accordance with a contract signed between the two countries in 2017.

The Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that the first shipment of Russian S-400 defence systems has been completed and a second shipment is now being planned to arrive in Ankara.

Speaking further, the ministry noted that Ankara was just suspended from the F-35 jet programme and the decision hasn't been finalised yet.

Moscow and Ankara signed a loan agreement for the delivery of S-400 systems in December 2017. Turkish cooperation with Russia on this matter has been strongly criticised by NATO and the United States, which has cited security concerns and the S-400's incompatibility with NATO's air defence systems.

Washington has repeatedly threatened Ankara with sanctions and pledged to remove it from the F-35 jet programme.

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