Turkey to take delivery of Russian missile systems in July

Turkey is standing firm against US opposition and expects to take delivery of Russia's S-400 missile defense systems next month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.

Speaking to a group of foreign journalists, Erdogan reiterated that the deal with Russia was sealed and there would be no turning back despite vociferous US opposition.

He denied that Washington offered Turkey an "appropriate" deal that would allow it to purchase US Patriot systems instead.

"This business is finished for us and for Russia," Erdogan said. "The training of personnel has been completed ... I believe that in the first 15 (days) of next month, the delivery will take place."

Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian system has driven a wedge between the two NATO allies. The United States says the Russian system is incompatible with NATO equipment and poses a risk to its F...

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