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Turkey will reportedly start getting Russia’s advanced missile defense system in 2019, despite US efforts to block it

Russia will start delivering its advanced S-400 missile defense system to Turkey in 2019, the Interfax news agency cited Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport as saying on Tuesday.

A Turkish defense official said in April that the delivery of the S-400 batteries had been brought forward from the first quarter of 2020 to July 2019.

Serf 1aTurkey and Russia negotiated the purchase throughout 2017, finalizing a deal worth some $2.5 billion at the end of the year. Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made air-defense system has…

The missile system is not interoperable with NATO weapons…

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