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Russia Resumes Delivery of S-400 Parts to Turkey

Russia Resumes Delivery of S-400 Parts to Turkey

Tuesday, 27 August, 2019 - 11:30
First parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system are unloaded from a Russian plane at Murted Airport, known as Akinci Air Base, near Ankara, Turkey, July 12, 2019. (Reuters)

Russia has started delivering the second battery of its S-400 missile defense system to Turkey.

The Turkish defense ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter that the shipment resumed Tuesday as Turkish media reported that a Russian cargo plane landed at an air base near Ankara.

The delivery of the system has strained ties between Ankara and Washington.

Turkey received the first battery of the Russian-made system last month, despite strong objections from its NATO ally, the United States.

Washington says the Russian system is incompatible with NATO and poses a threat to the US-led F-35 fighter jet program.

It suspended Turkey's participation in the F-35 program and has threatened sanctions against Ankara.

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