June 18, 2019 / 7:40 PM / a month ago

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

FILE PHOTO: People walk past Russian S-400 missile air defence systems before the military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad in World War Two, in the city of Volgograd, Russia February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Maleyeva/File Photo

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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