June 18, 2019 / 7:40 PM / 3 months ago

Erdogan says Turkey will receive Russian defence system 'very soon'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a symbolic funeral prayer for the former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi at the courtyard of Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey would take delivery of a Russian S-400 missile defence system “very soon” after telling Russian President Vladimir Putin there was “no turning back” on the deal, which has strained ties with Washington.

The United States has repeatedly said the S-400s are not compatible with NATO’s systems and has warned of sanctions and other consequences if the batteries are delivered to Turkey.

Reporting by Jonathan Spicer and Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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