July 12, 2019 / 9:09 AM / 3 months ago

Russia confirms it has started delivery of S-400 missile systems to Turkey: RIA

Russian servicemen sit in the cabins of S-400 missile air defence systems in Tverskaya Street before a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade, which marks the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in central Moscow, Russia April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation confirmed on Friday it had started delivering S-400 missile defence systems to Turkey and that the deliveries would continue as per an agreed schedule, the RIA news agency reported.

The Turkish defence ministry said earlier on Friday that the first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system had been delivered, a development set to escalate tensions with the United States which has warned of sanctions over the deal.

Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn

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