Turkey considering delaying purchase of Russian missile system

Israel National News reports: “Turkey is considering a US request to delay the purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system until 2020, two people familiar with the proposal told Bloomberg on Monday.

Turkey’s deal with Russia to purchase the S-400 air defense missile system has caused tensions between Washington and Ankara.

The US believes the S-400 sale is part of Russian efforts to disrupt the alliance amid Western concern over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s burgeoning relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Trump administration last week asked Ankara to postpone receiving the advanced missile-defense system which was set for July, said the sources, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive negotiations.

A delay would buy Turkey and the US — which have the two largest militaries in the NATO alliance — more time to resolve the impasse that has strained relations and threatened to result in more sanctions on Turkey’s battered economy…”

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