he first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington.
A Defense Ministry statement said "the first group of equipment" of the S-400 air defense systems has reached an air base near the capital,
The U.S. has strongly urged NATO member Turkey to pull back from the deal -- reportedly costing more than $2 billion -- warning the country that it will face economic sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if it goes ahead with the purchase. It has also said Turkey won't be allowed to participate in the program to produce high-tech F-35 fighter jets.
The U.S. has repeatedly said that the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems and is a threat to the F-35.