First Russian S-400s will be loaded on cargo planes Sunday: report

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marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, the Eastern Front of World War II, in Moscow, Russia on May 09, 2018. AFP PHOTO

The first of the Russian S-400 defense system that Ankara has purchased will be loaded on to cargo planes on Sunday and arrive in Turkey some time next week, Reuters reported, citing a report on Habertürk TV.

Washington has said US sanctions would be triggered when the missile batteries arrive in NATO ally Turkey.

The initial S-400 delivery will be sent on two cargo planes from a Russian military air base, Habertürk said, without citing a source. It also reported that a Russian technical team which would oversee its installation is expected to arrive in Turkey by Monday.

Turkey and the United States have been at odds over Ankara’s decision to buy the S-400s, which Washington says are not compatible with NATO defenses and would compromise US F-35 fighter jets, which Turkey helps build and also plans to buy.

Washington has also formally started the process of expelling Turkey from the program for F-35s, made by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Sanctioning Turkey and removing it from the F-35 program would be one of the most significant ruptures in recent history in the relationship between the two nations.

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