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Russia completes the second installment of the controversial S-400 air defense system to Turkey

September 16, 2019

ANKARA, Sep. 16 (Reuters / EP) –

Russia's second delivery of the controversial S-400 anti-aircraft defense system to Turkey has been completed during the day on Sunday, as reported by the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

The delivery of components of the S-400 system started on July 12 and will continue until April 2020, when the system will finally be active.

The purchase of this system from Russia by Turkey has meant an increase in tension with the United States, which has warned that the S-400 poses a threat to the F-35 fighters.

The White House announced in July – when the first installment was made – that Turkey would be excluded from the F-35 program developed by NATO due to its decision to buy the S-400 system.

The US government has argued that the F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian Intelligence information collection platform as it would be used to learn about its advanced capabilities. ”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said in an interview with CNN Turk that the S-400 will be activated despite Washington's warnings. “We have been told not to activate it, but we have had to emphasize that we have not bought this system as if it were an accessory,” he said.

For his part, the country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has told the Reuters news agency that he will discuss with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, the possibility of buying Patriot missiles. In this regard, the Turkish leader stressed that his relationship with Trump could help both countries overcome the diplomatic crisis caused by the purchase of the S-400 from Moscow.