Preparations for the arrival of Russia’s S-400 air defense systems are proceeding on schedule, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on July 8, without elaborating on definite arrival date.
“Right now, the preparations for the arrival continue. It would be right if you do not push us on a precise date. The shipping is still proceeding. There are also certain dates [on which] we came to terms with [Russia],” Erdogan said.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry and the General Staff are in charge of planning the settlement, location and deployment of the S-400s, he added.
Following the final planning of the authorities, all of the S-400s will be deployed to the determined location and will arrive in Turkey by plane, Erdogan said.
“We hope for this to be beneficial to our country, our region and the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin on June 8 said that Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the delivery of S-400s by phone on July 6, conveying that the deal process is in its implementation phase.
When asked for details of the process, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said he could not share that information.