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Turkey continues receiving Russian air defence parts, risks US sanctions

Turkey's defence ministry tweeted Saturday the landing of a fourth Russian cargo plane in Murted Air Base

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reach out to shake hands after a news conference following their talks in Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia

Turkey has continued receiving components of a Russian-made air defence system for a second day, despite Washington's warnings that it will impose sanctions on the NATO-member country.

Turkey's defence ministry tweeted Saturday the landing of a fourth Russian cargo plane in Murted Air Base, near the capital, Ankara.

On Friday, the ministry announced the much-awaited delivery of S-400 components had begun.

The United States has repeatedly warned it will impose economic sanctions and kick Turkey out of the F-35 stealth fighter jet program if Ankara does not drop its S-400 purchase. Turkey has refused to bow to U.S. pressure, saying its defence purchase is a matter of national sovereignty.

The US administration was publicly silent Friday on how it would respond to the delivery.

First Published: Sat, July 13 2019. 13:20 IST
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