Turkey Challenges US as Russian Missiles Arrive

Russia is delivering its S-400 missile system to Turkey in a move that threatens to rupture Turkish-U.S. relations. The delivery opens the door to U.S. sanctions against Turkey, a NATO ally.A Russian transport jet Friday brought the first delivery of the $2.2 billion missile system to a Turkish military air base outside Ankara."We are concerned about the potential consequences of Turkey's decision to acquire the S-400 system," a NATO official told the Associated Press news agency.U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus warned Tuesday of "real and negative consequences" if the Russian missiles are procured.Consequences for TurkeyWashington claims the S-400, with its advanced radar, threatens to compromise NATO military systems in Turkey. The United States is ruling out delivery of its latest F-35 jet if the Russia missiles are deployed. Turkish firms also face being frozen out of the consortium that is building the F-35.Video shared by Turkish Ministry of Defense, Friday, July 12, showed parts of S-400 missile defense system being unloaded from Russian cargo planes.— The Voice of America (@VOANews) July 12, 2019Potentially more damaging for Turkey are U.S. sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which could hit Turkey's already weakened economy.Turkey is relying on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump. Last month, the two presidents met in Japan on the sidelines of the G20 summit of the world's largest economies. At their meeting, Trump, while acknowledging there was a problem over the S-400 purchases, appeared to indicate sanctions were off the table.International relations expert Soli Ozel of Istanbul's Kadir Has University says he thinks Turkey is miscalculating, given that Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress are united on taking a tough stance on the S-400 system."If Congress says CAATSA takes effect, can Trump really say I will not be... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Turkey Challenges US as Russian Missiles Arrive, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Turkey Challenges US as Russian Missiles Arrive





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 12 July



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