A second delivery of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, set to become active next April, has been completed as of Sunday, Turkish officials said, according to Reuters.
The S-400 systems have been a major point of contention between the U.S. and Turkey, with the U.S. arguing the systems are not compatible with NATO defenses and could pose a threat to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jets, according to Reuters.
But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusglu told CNN Turk that the systems will be activated regardless, according to Reuters.
“They (U.S. officials) told us ‘don’t activate them and we can sort this out’, but we told them that we didn’t buy these systems as a prop,” Cavusoglu said, although he said that Turkey would not rule out buying Patriot systems from the U.S.’ Raytheon either, according to the news service.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters he plans to discuss the possibility of buying U.S. Patriot missiles with President Trump later this month.
President Trump has yet to rule out sanctions on Turkey over the purchase, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday the administration is considering imposing them, according to the news service. The U.S. has expelled Turkey from the F-35 program over the move.