A view shows a new S-400 ‘Triumph’ surface-to-air missile system after its deployment at a military base outside the town of Gvardeysk near Kaliningrad, Russia. File photo/Reuters
Turkey will “take reciprocal steps” if the United States imposes sanctions over the purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
The Turkish lira weakened briefly to 5.9075 against US dollar after the comment, to its weakest level in two weeks.
Washington has warned of sanctions and cutting Turkey out of an F-35 jet programme if it accepts delivery of the surface-to-air S-400s. Speaking to Anadolu news agency, Cavusoglu said it is impossible to cancel the S-400 orders.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday there were no setbacks in a deal to procure Russian S-400 missile defence systems, and added that “eyes are on the delivery process,” expected in the first half of July.
The first of the Russian S-400 defence systems that Ankara has purchased will be loaded on to cargo planes on Sunday and arrive in Turkey some time next week, privately-held broadcaster Haberturk reported.
Turkey called on the United States on Wednesday to avoid steps harmful to bilateral relations after the US State Department spokeswoman reiterated Ankara would face real and negative
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