Turkey's Erdogan Says Russian S-400s Will Be Fully Deployed by April 2020

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the Russian S-400 missile defense system, parts of which have been delivered to Turkey over the past four days, would be fully deployed in April 2020.Turkey's purchase of the Russian system has raised tensions with its NATO allies, particularly the United States, which has warned Turkey that it will respond with sanctions.Speaking at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on the third anniversary of 2016's attempted coup, Erdogan said eight planes had already brought parts of the Russian system and more were coming, as he had repeatedly promised."With God's permission, they will have been installed in their sites by April 2020," he told the crowd."The S-400s are the strongest defense system against those who want to attack our country. God willing, we are doing this as a joint investment with Russia, and will continue to do so."Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters following a rally to honor the victims of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt on July 15, 2019.U.S. officials have said that in addition to being hit with legislation aimed at preventing countries from purchasing military equipment from Russia, known as CAATSA, Turkey could be thrown off the F-35 stealth fighter jet program.That would mean it would no longer make F-35 parts or be able to buy the jets it has ordered.On Sunday, Erdogan said that U.S. President Donald Trump has the authority to waive sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russian air defense systems and should find a "middle ground" in the dispute.Tensions between Turkey and Western allies have risen in recent months over the purchase of the S-400 system, with a series of other actions taken by the NATO member state compounding the situation.German and Austrian ministers said on Monday that the European Union would endorse a... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Turkey's Erdogan Says Russian S-400s Will Be Fully Deployed by April 2020, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Turkey's Erdogan Says Russian S-400s Will Be Fully Deployed by April 2020





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 15 July



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