Erdogan: Turkey to receive S-400 defense system very soon
Turkey would take delivery of a Russian S-400 missile defense system "very soon," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
"It is a done deal, we will receive our orders soon," Anadolu Agency cited him as saying.
The statement came several days after a brief conversation between Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Dushanbe prior to the start of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
In December 2017, Turkey and Russia signed an agreement for the delivery of the cutting edge S-400 systems. The Turkish decision to purchase the Russian missile defence systems angered the former's closest NATO ally, the United States. Washington has repeatedly relayed its concerns to Turkey that the systems will be incompatible with NATO standards, but Turkey has rebuffed all concerns.