This file photo taken on May 9, 2017 shows Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems riding through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. (AFP / Natalia KOLESNIKOVA)
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Turkey and Russia have agreed to bring forward to July 2019 the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems to Ankara, a Turkish official said, in a purchase that has raised eyebrows among NATO allies."We brought forward the delivery date in the contract signed with Russia for the acquisition of S-400 systems and got an earlier date of July 2019," Ismail Demir, Turkish Defense Industries undersecretary, wrote on Twitter late on Tuesday.His announcement came after Russian President Vladimir Putin held several hours of meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Russian officials had said in December that the first deliveries in the $2 billion deal were likely to begin at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020 .
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