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Turkey with Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400 will protect the capital Ankara and largest city Istanbul. This was announced by the head of the military Department Hulusi Akar, informs television channel NTV.
“Probably, the defense of Ankara and Istanbul will be the main missions for the s-400” — said the Minister. He stressed that Turkey was forced to buy from Russia because of the related threats. ACAR added that to link the acquisition of s-400 and American fighters F-35 was the wrong decision.
Earlier it was reported that the President of the United States Donald trump took the White house of Turkish Minister of Finance of Berat Albayrak and discussed with him the purchase of s-400 Ankara.
In early April, Washington canceled the delivery to Turkey of equipment for the F-35 because the Russian air defense system acquisition. In the United States and other NATO countries fear that if Ankara armed with will and With-400, and F-35, the Russian radar systems will learn to calculate and track the American fighters.
A contract to supply Ankara with the four battalions of s-400 was achieved in September 2017. The contract is worth $ 2.5 billion, with half of this amount will cover the Russian loan. It was reported that the installation of missile defense systems could begin in October 2019.
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