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For third day, Russia delivers missile system parts to Turkey

S-400 Triumf missile defense system. (Соколрус/Wikimedia Commons)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Russia has sent new components of its S-400 air-defense system to a military air base near the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry tweeted on July 14 about the landing of a fifth and sixth Russian cargo plane at Murted air base, saying two more planes were expected within hours.

Turkey received the first three shipments of S-400 components on July 12 and a fourth shipment on July 13, defying threats of sanctions from the United States.

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Washington and its allies consider the missile system to be incompatible with NATO systems and a threat to the F-35 fighter jets.

Washington has urged Turkey to purchase the U.S.-made Patriot missile system instead.

The United States has given Turkey a deadline of July 31 to reverse or face the loss of subcontracting work on the U.S.-led F-35 project.

But Washington has already started the process of removing Turkey from the F-35 program, halting training of Turkish pilots in the United States on the aircraft.