Turkey's Erdogan says S-400 systems will be delivered within 10 days

Erdogan said he believed the dispute over the S-400s would be overcome "without a problem" and added that his US counterpart supported Turkey in the row.
Monday 01/07/2019
In this file photo taken on August 22, 2017 Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow during the first day of the International Military-Technical Forum Army. (AFP)
In this file photo taken on August 22, 2017 Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow during the first day of the International Military-Technical Forum Army. (AFP)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the first delivery of the Russian S-400 missile defence system will take place within 10 days, broadcaster NTV reported on Sunday, a day after Erdogan said there would be no US sanctions over the deal.

The United says the S-400s will compromise its F-35 fighter jets, of which Turkey is a producer and buyer. Washington has said it would impose sanctions over the deal, but Erdogan said on Saturday US President Donald Trump had told him there would be no sanctions for the Russian systems.

Speaking to reporters after the G20 summit in Japan, where he held bilateral talks with Trump, Erdogan said he believed the dispute over the S-400s would be overcome "without a problem" and added that his US counterpart supported Turkey in the row.

Erdogan also said that he hoped the issue of Turkish lender Halkbank, which faces US sanctions in an Iran sanctions-busting case in the United States, would be resolved soon.

(Reuters)