Ankara: Delivery of the Russian S-400 defence missile system to Turkey continued on Monday, as an eighth Russian plane carrying equipment of the system landed at an airbase near capital Ankara, the Turkish Defence Ministry said. “Delivery of parts of the S-400 Long Range Air and Missile Defence Systems is continuing. In this context, the eighth plane landed at Mürted Airbase,” The Hurriyet Daily newspaper quoted the Minister as saying in a Twitter post.
Deliveries of Russia’s S-400 missile systems to Turkey began on July 12. According to the Ministry, on that day three cargo planes delivered several truck tractors and a transport and load vehicle for S-400 systems to Murted Air Base, reports Russia’s state-run TASS news agency. Another Russian plane arrived the next day. On Sunday, Turkey confirmed the arrival of the seventh plane.
On July 14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the S-400 deal with Russia as a major agreement in Ankara’s modern history. (IANS)