Turkish military servicemen have arrived in Russia to undergo a training course on the use of Russian S 400 missile systems, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Wednesday.
“A group of our military has been sent to Russia in order to learn operating S 400 and they have already started their studies”, Akar said, as quoted by the Turkish NTV broadcaster.
“The course will start today and last several months, the number of the personnel keeps changing, all of them have their own goals,” Akar added.
The Turkish defense minister also mentioned a new proposal from the United States. “On March 28-29, a new proposal came that concerns the Patriot missile systems. Talks are underway on their price, the transfer of technology and joint production,” Akar said.
Meanwhile, a group of US lawmakers submitted a document calling for imposing sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and excluding Ankara from the F-35 program if Turkey purchases the S-400 systems from Russia.