Turkey sends military personnel to Russia for S-400 training: minister

Development of the S-400 system began in the late 1980s, and the system was announced by the Russian Air Force in January 1993.

The Turkish defense minister said Turkey had sent military personnel to Russia for training on the S-400 air defense system, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday.

“The military training will continue in the coming months,” Hulusi Akar told reporters late Tuesday.

Highlighting the defense capabilities of the S-400 systems, Akar said “no one should be bothered” by their use.

Turkey “is making necessary preparations” for the potential sanctions from the United States over the purchase of the Russian S-400 system, he added.

Turkey’s determination to buy the S-400 missile system from Russia has strained relations with the United States, its NATO ally.

Washington has warned that Ankara will risk sanctions if it insists on receiving S-400 defense systems in July.