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.