Turkey pays no heed to U.S. ultimatum, receives fourth Russian cargo plane in Murted Air Base.
Turkey 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.
On July 13, Turkey’s Defence Ministry tweeted the landing of a fourth Russian cargo plane in Murted Air Base, near the capital, Ankara. The Ministry announced that the much-awaited delivery of S-400 components had begun on July 12.
The United States has repeatedly warned it will impose economic sanctions and kick Turkey out of the F-35 stealth fighter jet programme 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 U.S. administration was publicly silent on how it would respond to the delivery.