Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, stated that he expects Russian S-400 missile systems to be delivered in July.
“We discussed the S-400 subject with Russia. Indeed the S-400 issue is settled,” said Erdogan after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tajikistan. “I think they will start to come in the first half of July,” he added.
Russian air defence missile system S-400 “Triumph” is considered to be the most capable and lethal long-range system on the planet. It reportedly has a range of 400 km and can shoot down up to 80 targets at once.
Patrick Shanahan, US Secretary of Defense, claimed that Turkey would be pulled out of the F-35 fighter jet program in case it does buy S-400s. However, Mr. Erdogan said the issue would be discussed not with “someone lower down,” but with the US President Donald Trump, and expressed his hope that it would be solved as soon as possible. “Matters don’t take long there,” Erdogan said. The two presidents will meet at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, the upcoming week.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website