Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his U.S. counterpart talked by phone late on July 12 about issues related to Turkey's acquisition of a long-range missile defense system and recent developments in Syria.
Delivery of S-400 missile systems is continuing, Turkish National Defense Ministry said on July 13. "Delivery of S-400 Long Range Air and Missile Defense Systems resumed today. The fourth Russian plane carrying S-400 parts landed at Mürted Airport outside Ankara," the ministry said on Twitter.
The S-400 air defense system, which is set to be delivered to Turkey in the upcoming weeks, has a capacity of aiming at 36 targets at once and monitoring 300 flying objects, a Russian military officer has told daily Hürriyet.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on June 29 that Turkey "was not allowed to buy Patriot missiles by the Obama administration" and his administration is looking at different solutions regarding its purchase of Russia's S-400 missiles.
In Brussels today, the meeting of NATO defense ministers continues. The main topic today will be the relationship between the United States and Iran. For the first time at a meeting of the Alliance is also involved the new US Defense Minister Mark Esper.