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There won’t be delays in supplies of Russian S-400 missile systems - Turkish FM

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Baku, Azerbaijan, July 12

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

There will be no delays in the supplying of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Trend reports with reference to Turkish media.

He noted that Turkey and Russia had resolved this issue long ago. Cavusoglu also noted that after all the components of the S-400 missile systems are delivered to Turkey, the systems will be deployed in the country.

On July 12, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said that sending the first cargo of S-400 anti-aircraft missile system components to Turkey has begun.

He said that the parts of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system will be delivered to Ankara.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the General Staff and the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey will determine the exact location of the Russian S-400 missile systems.

On June 21, it was reported that Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems will be delivered to Turkey on July 15 this year to be timed to the third anniversary of the military coup attempt.

Earlier, Cavusoglu said that the US and NATO specialists may visit Turkey and make sure that the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems do not pose a threat to NATO.

Erdogan said that Turkey may receive the S-400 missile systems in July 2019, which is earlier than scheduled. He stressed that despite appeals from the US, Turkey will not abandon the purchase of the S-400.

Initial reports of negotiations between Russia and Turkey on the supply of S-400 appeared in November 2016. The signing of a contract was confirmed by the Russian side on September 12, 2017.

Akar said that the S-400 air defense systems would be deployed from October 2019.

Turkey is the first NATO member state to receive the S-400 air defense systems from Russia.

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