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WRAP: Russia delivers missiles to Turkey in challenge to U.S. and NATO

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 13, 2019 18:46

WRAP: Russia delivers missiles to Turkey in challenge to U.S. and NATO

Russia began delivering an advanced missile defence system to Turkey , a move expected to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally and drive a wedge into the heart of the Western military alliance.The first parts of the S-400 air defence system were flown to a military air base near the capital Ankara, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, sealing Turkey’s deal with Russia which Washington had struggled for months to prevent.The United States says the Russian military hardware is not compatible with NATO systems and that the acquisition may lead to Ankara’s expulsion from an F-35 fighter jet programme.Investors in Turkey have been unsettled by the deal. The Turkish lira weakened as much as 1.6% to 5.7780 against the dollar after the ministry announced the arrival of the S-400 consignment to the Murted Air Base, northwest of Ankara. The main Istanbul share index fell 2.13%.Turkish broadcasters showed footage of huge Russian Air Force AN-124 cargo planes offloading equipment at the airbase.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 13, 2019 18:46