The first shipment of Russian S-400 missile defense system has reached on Turkish airbase though the United States has strongly opposed the move. Turkish officials received the defense system in capital Ankara.
The United States has earlier threatened Turkey to stay away from the deal. The US suggested that Turkey cannot keep both Russian S-400 and F-35 fighter jets by the US.
Being NATO allies, Turkey and the United States have good relations. However, now Turkey also wants to have better ties with Russia. Turkey has heavily financed for purchasing US F-35 program but it also desires to adopt independent defense policy. For this reason, it has bought advanced S-400 air defense system of worth $2.5bn from Moscow. Some members of Turkish armed forces are also getting training in Russia.
According to defense officials of the United States, S-400 is not compatible with the NATO defense system and Russian engineers can find the weaknesses in F-35. The United States has warned Turkey that the US can oust it from the F-35 program or can levy economic sanctions if the deal with Russian went ahead. However, Turkey has assured the US that both defense systems will be placed on separate locations.
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