The country was planning to make the newly acquired air defense systems operational in April despite numerous protests from the US, which had been pressuring Ankara to ditch the systems for good.

In April, Turkey was unable to deploy the S-400 air defense systems it obtained from Russia last year, as planned due to the ongoing pandemic, but will ultimately do so at a later date, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin stated during an online conference with members of the Atlantic Council.

“There has been a delay because of the coronavirus but it will move forward as planned”, the spokesman said.

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