Turkey military receiving Russian defense system training

Defence Minister Hulusi Akar also said Turkey was "considering all options" against possible US sanctions
Wednesday 22/05/2019
 A view shows a new S-400 "Triumph" surface-to-air missile system after its deployment at a military base outside the town of Gvardeysk near Kaliningrad, Russia March 11, 2019. (Reuters)
A view shows a new S-400 "Triumph" surface-to-air missile system after its deployment at a military base outside the town of Gvardeysk near Kaliningrad, Russia March 11, 2019. (Reuters)

ANKARA - Turkey's defense minister says its military personnel are receiving training to operate the S-400 missile defense system despite US and NATO objections to Ankara's decision to purchase the Russian technology.

Hulusi Akar also told a group of reporters late Tuesday that Turkey was "making preparations" and "considering all options" against possible US sanctions on Turkey over the purchase.

Turkey's S-400 deal with Russia has deepened a rift with the US, which says the Russian system is not compatible with NATO systems and could put at risk the US F-35 fighter jet program, of which Turkey is also a partner.

Turkey has repeatedly said that the S-400 agreement is a "done deal" and cannot be canceled but Akar said US officials insist that "no deal is a done deal."

(Associated Press)