Buying S-400 does not mean Ankara rejects the US' Patriots, Turkish VP says

# 15:42
7 March 2019

Turkey's decision to buy Russia's S-400 air defence system does not mean that it's rejecting the US' Patriots, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay has said, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

"Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence systems does not mean that we are rejecting the purchase of American Patriot systems," Oktay said, speaking to Russian media on Thursday. 

According to the official, Ankara expects the first deliveries of S-400s to begin in July 2019. Earlier, it was reported that the Turkish military planned to start deploying the air defence systems by October.