Russia the likely victor in US-Turkey missile spat

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Russian servicemen next to a new S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile system after its deployment at a military base outside a town near Kaliningrad in March. Instead of ordering the US-made Patriot, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stunned his
Russian servicemen next to a new S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile system after its deployment at a military base outside a town near Kaliningrad in March. Instead of ordering the US-made Patriot, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stunned his allies by ordering S-400 missile batteries from Russia.PHOTO: REUTERS

The Russian government is to train Turkish military personnel to operate a missile system that it is scheduled to deliver to Turkey.

"By the end of May, around 100 Turkish servicemen will start training at a Russian military centre to operate the S-400 missile defence systems," Russia's state-owned TASS news agency reported.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Russia the likely victor in US-Turkey missile spat'. Subscribe