Russia says to deliver missile defense system to Turkey in July


11/6/2019 17:44:00
Print
     .

Russia plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, amid concerns that the delivery will further harm already strained Turkish-U.S. relations.

 

NATO allies Ankara and Washington have sparred publicly for months over Turkey’s order for the S-400s, which are not compatible with the transatlantic alliance’s systems.

 

The United States has threatened to remove Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program unless it drops the deal. Washington has also raised the prospect of sanctions on Turkey, which could prolong its economic recession and prompt a re-evaluation of its 67-year membership of NATO.

 

“The agreements reached between Russia and Turkey are being fulfilled on time in the given context. There are no bilateral problems,” Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told reporters on Tuesday. Asked if the missiles would be delivered in July, he said: “Yes, that’s what we plan somehow.”

 

The comments came days after the head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said Moscow would start delivering S-400 missile systems to Turkey in two months, contradicting several Turkish officials who said the delivery could take place as soon as June.

 

On Monday, Turkey complained that the United States had not yet taken up its suggestion of creating a joint working group to try to defuse tensions over Ankara’s purchase of the S-400s.

 

Washington has also moved to halt training of Turkish pilots at Luke Air Force Base, just days after acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told his Turkish counterpart that those pilots already in the United States could remain there until the end of July. That would have allowed time for more training and for Turkey to rethink its plans.

 

Separately, credit ratings agency Fitch warned on Tuesday that any U.S. sanctions on Turkey would have a “significant impact” on sentiment around the Turkish lira, which has sold off since late March in part due to the spat with Washington over the missile defense system.

 

 

 

 

PUKmedia / Reuters


 

US ambassador-designate to Bulgaria named


United States President Donald Trump has nominated the Kurdish Herro Mustafa, a career diplomat currently deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Lisbon, to be the next ambassador to Bulgaria,...


»  Manus Governor demands action from Australia as Behrouz Boochani says self-harm has spiked
»  A Kurdish woman wins a seat in the European Parliament
 

Bafel Talabani: Another intra-Kurdish conflict will not happen


Sulaymaniyah, Iraq - Over the past year, Iraq has seen a number of major political developments, including the fallout of the Kurdish independence referendum, the May national elections, and the Se...


»   Kurdish novelist Burhan Sonmez: ‘The only way out is to criticise loudly’
»  PUK delegation reveals the main topics of the meetings in Baghdad
 

Enhancing chemical security in Kurdistan Region


Chemicals are widely used in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region (KRI) for various civilian purposes. Terrorist organizations have demonstrated their intention, know-how and capacity to convert chemicals...


»  After revealing important information… Chrakhan Rafiq gets exposed to a traffic accident
»  Iraqi perspective of the US-Iran tension

Caricature