Erdogan sees Russian S-400s delivery starting in July
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he expected Russian S-400 missile defense systems to start arriving in Turkey in the first half of July, broadcaster NTV reported on Sunday, a development set to fuel tensions with NATO ally Washington.
The S-400s are not compatible with NATO's systems and have been a growing source of discord between Turkey and the United States in recent months.
"We discussed the S-400 subject with Russia. Indeed the S-400 issue is settled," Erdogan was cited as telling reporters on his plane returning from a visit to Tajikistan, where he attended a summit and met Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I think they will start to come in the first half of July," he added, giving a more specific forecast than he has in the past.
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