Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of the NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, May 6, 2019. Erdogan says Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems does not mean that it is seeking “alternatives” in its relations with the West.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
The ministry said the first delivery of the S-400 air defense systems arrived on Friday at an air base near the capital, Ankara.
The United States has warned Turkey it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system. It has also said Turkey won’t be allowed to participate in the program to produce the high-tech F-35 fighter jets.
Turkey has refused to bow to U.S. pressure, insisting that choosing which equipment to purchase is a matter of national sovereignty.