Turkey Will Deploy S-400 System despite US Warning

Turkey Will Deploy S-400 System despite US Warning

Turkey Will Deploy S-400 System despite US Warning

Following a negative response from the US regarding the sale of its Patriot missile defense system, Turkey evaluated Russia's offer and made a decision to purchase the S-400 air defense system.

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"As for the S-400, the deal is done and it is out of the question to go backwards. and perhaps after the S-400, we will move onto the S-500", Erdogan told Kanal 24 television.

If they accept the S-400...there's first of all an issue that it's not interoperable with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems nor is it interoperable inside of our integrated air missile defense system so that presents one problem.

Turkey has reportedly already paid Moscow some of the bill and analysts have reported that Erdogan would find it hard to back away from the Russian deal now. At risk for the U.S. is the delivery of the aircraft to other allies in the consortium, which could face significant delays if Turkey were cut out, due to its role in production. In September 2017 Russian Federation confirmed that a contract was signed with Turkey on S-400 delivery.

The U.S. military has threatened to withhold delivery of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey if Ankara goes through with the Russian purchase.

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The main argument for blocking the F-35 transfer is the fear that Russian Federation would get access to the extremely advanced Joint Strike Fighter stealth aircraft, enabling Moscow to detect and exploit its vulnerabilities. But it appears Erdogan's "this is over" comment was directed at the continued congressional debate.

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Turkey negotiated the purchase of the Patriot system but backed down due to its high price and also especially after the USA refused to share the technical specifications of the system.

Trump has been largely silent on the issues affecting the Turkish-U.S. relationship.

Turkey has attempted to balance its ties to the USA and Russian Federation as relations between the leading military powers have deteriorated in recent years. The president has made arms sales a signature element of his foreign policy with allied countries, such as Saudi Arabia. But skepticism in Turkey toward American partners continues to grow.

Summers said that if Turkey buys the S-400, "then they would not get the F-35s" or the Patriot system.

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