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May 15 2019

No delays in S-400 delivery to Turkey - Russia

Russia said on Tuesday that there had been no delays in implementing the deal between Ankara and Moscow for the delivery of Russia’s S-400 missile systems, TASS news agency reported.

Following a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday in Sochi, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov spoke to reporters at a press conference. 

"We know in general that Americans are insisting [on postponing the S-400 delivery] but it seems to me that the agreement reached several months ago is being actively implemented. There are currently no delays,” TASS quoted Ushakov as saying during a press conference in Sochi.

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Aleksey Yerhov, also said on Tuesday that the Turkish public should trust President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has repeatedly said that Ankara would not change its decision on S-400 deal.

Bloomberg reported on Monday that Turkey was considering the request by U.S. officials to postpone the purchase of the Russian-made systems. As the July delivery date for the S-400 system has neared, Washington has increased pressure on Turkey to cancel or postpone the deal with Moscow.

Turkey’s NATO allies say the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems and can pose a security threat to the U.S.’ F-35 stealth fighter. Ankara faces possible U.S. sanctions as well as its expulsion from the F-35 programme, should it go through with the purchase.