Russian S-400 missile systems to ensure Turkey's security, says ministry

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 17, 2019

It is not that hard to imagine what the scope of the hysteria in Washington (with the ongoing reactions to the S-400) will be, if the Su-57 matter change from surveying talks to a practical discussion of a production contract of these machines for the Turkey's needs.

"And our proposal to establish this technical committee under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation umbrella is still on the table".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has refused to back down from Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defence system that the United States has said would compromise the security of F-35 aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin Corp.

The U.S. stopped shipment of "deliveries and activities" related to Turkey's procurement of the stealth fighter jet earlier this month.

According to the media sources, Turkey has not decided yet in which country Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems can be temporarily stored.

USA officials advised Turkey to buy the U.S.

The Minister also divulged the latest updates on the possible day the Russian missile systems will arrive in Turkey.

In November 2016, reports emerged that Russian Federation and Turkey were negotiating an S-400 missile system supply deal.

In parallel to tensions over the missile system, the US-Turkey relationship has been strained by Ankara´s threat to launch an offensive in northeast Syria against the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces, which battled the Islamic State group with backing from Western air strikes and other support. "This issue has been already resolved by Turkey", said Erdogan.

Excluding Turkey from the F-35 program will not punish Ankara but the entire program, said Kalin.

Likewise, Kalın said, Turkey expects the Trump administration to extend an existing sanctions waiver that is set to expire at the end of May to allow Turkey to continue importing Iranian oil.

The US has repeatedly expressed concern over its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally's deal with Russian Federation, and threatened Turkey with sanctions.

Turning to a safe zone being mulled for northeastern Syria, Kalın said the US and Turkey "are making progress", noting "positive signals" being received from Washington on the matter, but stressed the USA needs to end its support to the YPG, the Syrian affiliate of the PKK- a designated terror group in the USA and Turkey.

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