The first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system were delivered to NATO member Turkey on July 12, the Turkish defence ministry said, a development set to escalate tensions with the United States which has warned of sanctions over the deal.
S-400 consignment was delivered to the Murted Air Base outside the capital Ankara, the ministry
"The delivery of parts
belonging to the system will continue in the coming days," Turkey's Defence
Industry Directorate said separately. "Once the system is completely
ready, it will begin to be used in a way determined by the relevant
President Tayyip Erdogan said
after meeting President Donald Trump at a G20 summit last month that the United States did not plan to impose sanctions
on Ankara for
buying the S-400s. Trump said Turkey
had not been treated fairly but did not rule out sanctions.
The United States says the
S-400s are not compatible with NATO's defence network and could compromise its
Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, an aircraft Turkey is helping to
build and planning to buy.
Under possible US sanctions, Turkey could face expulsion from
the F-35 programme, a move Erdogan has dismissed. But Washington
has already started the process of removing Turkey
from the F-35 programme, halting training of Turkish pilots in the United States
on the aircraft.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully test-fired super-large multiple rocket launchers on Sunday (March 29), the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday (March 30) morning. The report said the test was conducted by the Academy of Defence Science to verify the tactical and technological specifications of the launch system once again "to be delivered to units of the Korean People's Army."
US President Donald Trump said Saturday (March 28) he asked the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue travel advisory for the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, scaling back from an earlier suggestion to impose quarantine on those areas.
Vietnam requests China to respect its sovereignty and take no actions that escalate tensions and complicate the situation, affecting peace and stability in the East Sea and the region, as well as efforts of countries in negotiations of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said.
A recent comment by Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra - "We are driving through the mist and we don’t know what the next phase looks like” - might cause confusion but it accurately reflects the reality of economies in the Eurozone. Recognising the imminent risk, the only monetary union in the world has yet to agree on measures to respond to the "economic shock” caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) to help launch a stimulus package in the trillions of dollars to keep businesses, workers and households afloat in face of the coronavirus. By the end of this year, the cost of this pandemic is likely to be measured in the trillions of dollars, Guterres told G20 leaders in a letter dated March 23.
With surging confirmed COVID-19 cases, European nations adopted a raft of further measures on Sunday (March 22) to peg back the contagion, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put herself in quarantine after a doctor she met Friday tested positive.