Turkey receives another S-400 missile system delivery from Russia

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Tayyip Erdogan with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday during the Turkish president's visit to the country. (Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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The S-400 missile system sale to Turkey has raised tensions between Ankara and Washington. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 27 August 2019

Turkey receives another S-400 missile system delivery from Russia

  • Second delivery of S-400 system will take around one month
  • The two also spoke about working together to ease tensions in Sryia's Idlib province

MOSCOW: Russia delivered another battery of Russian S-400 missile defences on Tuesday President Vladimir Putin said.

"By the way, another delivery was made this morning," Putin told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a visit to Russia.

Turkey's Defense Ministry said that the delivery of a second battery of S-400 defence system had started as of Tuesday and that it would take around one month.

Erdogan and Putin also opened a major Russian air show on Tuesday, where Erdogan was Putin's guest of honor.

The two leaders attended the opening of the MAKS aviation show outside Moscow and even got to peek inside the cockpit of Russia's newest fighter jet, the Su-57, which was unveiled at the show.

Turkey's military ties with Russia have been a cause of concern for NATO and the US after Ankara went ahead with its purchase of the S-400 missile defense system.

The US says the Russian system is incompatible with NATO and poses a threat to the US-led F-35 fighter jet program. It suspended Turkey's participation in the F-35 program and has also threatened sanctions against Ankara.

The two also spoke about working together to ease tensions in Sryia's Idlib province.

"The situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone is of serious concern to us and our Turkish partners," Putin said at a joint press conference.

He sympathised with Turkey, saying: "We understand Turkey's concern regarding the security of its southern border. We believe that these are legitimate interests."

Putin said the two leaders had agreed "additional joint steps" to "normalise" the situation in Idlib, but did not provide details.

(With agencies)


Egypt PM visits Sudan as Nile dam talks stall

Updated 32 min 13 sec ago

Egypt PM visits Sudan as Nile dam talks stall

  • The GERD has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011
  • Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies

KHARTOUM: Egypt’s prime minister arrived in Sudan on Saturday on a visit aiming to “improve cooperation” between the two neighbors, officials said, amid tensions over Ethiopia’s Nile dam.
It is Mostafa Madbouli’s first official visit to Sudan since the formation of a transitional government in Khartoum in 2019.
“The aim of this visit is to improve cooperation between the two countries in various fields,” the office of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in a statement.
Madbouli’s delegation includes Egypt’s ministers of water and irrigation, electricity, health, and trade and industry.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011.
Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it crucial for its electrification and development.
Talks between the three countries were suspended last week after Addis Ababa insisted on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.
Sudan on Monday said negotiations had been postponed for a week.
During his visit, Madbouli is also expected to meet with General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, council deputy chief and military general.