Turkey will begin deploying S-400 anti-aircraft missile defense systems procured from Russia in October this year, Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar said.
Turkey is acquiring S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia because of the urgent need to ensure the country's security. "The purchase of S-400 missiles is not a matter of preference, but an urgent requirement of national security. Turkey is obliged to protect 82 million of its citizens," Hulusi was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency last week.
“With the onset of the crisis in Syria, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands placed air defense systems in Turkey to protect Turkish territory, but later removed these systems from the country,” he said.
“Today only Spain and Italy make a contribution to the provision of air defense of Turkey. Ankara was once again convinced that it should have its missile defense systems. Turkey will continue to fulfill its obligations under NATO,” the minister added.
Earlier this month, the United States threatened to cancel Turkey’s participation in the F-35 fighter jet program and also impose sanctions on it if Ankara persists on its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.
The United States has threatened to cancel Turkeys participation in the F-35 fighter jet program and also impose sanctions on it if Ankara persists on its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems. “Weve long made it clear we would like to work collaboratively on air and missile defense with Turkey, and we have offered opportunities for Turkey to consider Patriot among other systems over the years
The Turkish Foreign Minister has stated that Ankara is ready to consider buying the Patriot missile defense systems from the United States in the future but does not agree to the precondition by Washington to abandon buying S-400 from Russia. "Turkey may buy Patriot systems in the future
The United States attempt to sell Patriot missiles to Turkey appear to have hit a roadblock following Ankaras rejection of a US proposal that it cancel the impending purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system. Last month, the US State Department issued a notice of sale of Patriot Missile System to Turkey worth $3
Sale of Patriot missile systems by the United States (US) to Turkey would not affect the S-400 air defense missile deal between Ankara and Moscow signed in 2017, Kremlin stated. "These are unrelated processes and in this case we are implementing the accords we have with the Turkish colleagues
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Turkey is expecting the delivery of the F-35 fighter jets from the United States in November, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said. "Despite some statements, F-35 process goes smoothly; our pilots, maintenance team continue training in the US," Akar was quoted as saying by
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