WASHINGTON — The United States is edging closer to crisis with NATO ally Turkey, now that it has started receiving components of a Russian-made air defence system in defiance of Trump administration warnings.
Washington has said the deal would trigger economic sanctions and deprive the Turks of America’s most advanced fighter jet, although administration officials on Friday announced no final decisions.
Acting Defence Secretary Mark Esper said he would consult with his Turkish counterpart.
The Turkish Defence Ministry said the first shipment of the S-400 system arrived at a Turkish airfield on Friday, although it is not yet fully in place or ready for use. For months, Washington urged Turkey to buy the American-made Patriot air defence system instead and has repeatedly insisted that buying from Russia would result in economic and military penalties.
Robert Burns And Matthew Lee, The Associated Press