Hulusi Akar: S-400s to possibly ensure security of Ankara and Istanbul
Russia's S-400 missile systems will possibly bolster security of the biggest Turkish cities, Ankara and Istanbul, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said in Washington.
"S-400 missile systems will, possibly, enhance security of Ankara and Istanbul," the NTV channel cited Akar as saying.
He recalled that the U.S. supplied newest fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets would be stationed at an Air Force Base in the town of Malatya, 600 km away from the Turkish capital.
The minister also divulged the latest updates on the possible day the Russian missile systems will arrive in Turkey. "In the course of our last contacts with Russia, they mentioned June," Akar stressed.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that S-400s could be delivered to Turkey before July this year.