Baku, July 12, AZERTAC
Three cargo aircraft carrying components of Russian S-400 missile defense systems arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday, said Turkey's national defense minister, Anadolu Agency reported.
"Three planes were planned for today. As planned, all the aircraft arrived and all activities planned for today have been completed. This process will continue in the coming days," Hulusi Akar told reporters.
Stressing the threats facing Turkey, Akar pointed to the country's longstanding efforts to acquire long-range air and missile defense systems.
"There are some principles that we have set in this regard. In line with these principles, we have had negotiations with China, Russia, the U.S., and France. These negotiations showed us that Russia is the most compatible country," Akar said.
Telling how the contract to purchase the S-400s from Russia was signed in April 2017, Akar said three aircraft had carried components of the systems to Murted Air Base in Ankara.
"The training of our personnel for installing and operating [the Russian S-400s] has been ongoing in both Turkey and Russia," said Akar, adding that the process would continue in the coming days.
Possible procurement of U.S. Patriot missiles is also being evaluated by Turkish officials and institutions, Akar said.
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