A senior State Department official has warned that Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles could reflect negatively on several U.S. military-industrial projects in cooperation with Ankara – including the production of the F-35 fighters.
The potential consequences of the Turkish decision will have a “ripple effect” on other joint production projects, A. Wess Mitchell, assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs, was quoted as saying by USNI.org at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Washington is seriously concerned about Ankara's push to buy Russian S-400 systems when the Trump administration’s National Security and National Defense strategies are placing new emphasis on NATO’s southern frontier and the eastern Mediterranean.
NATO officials have also consistently voiced their negative opinions on the Russian-Ankara deal, stating that that the S-400 system is not compatible with the air defense systems currently used by the alliance.
Mitchell conceded, “Turkey has legitimate security concerns” about Kurdish separatists inside its borders, Islamic terrorists operating in Syria and other neighbouring countries and parts of its own citizenry possibly plotting another coup attempt.
Mitchell further explained why Ankara remains “a critical partner” in NATO that includes the effort to defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, continuing counter-terrorism work throughout the Middle East with the alliance and hosting the air base at Incirlik, key for U.S. military operations in the region and a defense against Russian air intrusions.
In December 2017, Russian and Turkish representatives inked a loan agreement on the sale of the S-400 systems to Ankara.
It will buy two batteries of S-400 missiles, which will be manned by Turkish military personnel.
Russia will deliver its S-400 missile defence system in July 2019, about a year ahead of the scheduled delivery period of 2020. “The time of delivery cited on the agreement for the procurement of S-400s has been brought forward to July 2019,” İsmail Demir, the head of the Undersecreteriat for Defense Industries (SSM) was quoted as saying by daily
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NATO has received no request from Turkey to integrate its Russian origin S-400 missile defence system with the Pan-Atlantic defence bloc, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said. “I am aware that Turkey has made an agreement or they have announced their intention to buy S-400 Russian air defense system
Russia is planning to deliver a second batch of S-400 air defence system to Turkey under which some components of the high tech system is planned to be manufactured by Turkish firms by way of a technology transfer clause. "After the delivery of the first batch concludes in May or June 2020, the parties plan to sign a new contract on the delivery of the second batch of the S-400 systems in 2021
A Turkish fighter pilot flew F-35 aircraft for the first time as part of the on-going training in the US, the Turkish General Staff was quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. Early July, the Pentagon said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet in the state of Arizona
The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services plans to exempt some US strategic allies; India, Indonesia and Vietnam from Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that allows the nations to buy Russian military equipment without any threat sanctions. “The final piece of legislation will exempt just three countries—India, Indonesia, and Vietnam—from a robust sanctions regime enacted and imposed last year,” Sen
The United States is reportedly offering to sell Raytheon-built Patriot missile defense system to Turkey as an alternative to block potential sale of Russian-built S-400s agreed upon by Ankara. U
Even as training of Turkish pilots and maintenance crew of F-35 aircraft has commenced in the United States, their ultimate transfer to Turkish soil could take up two years. "Turkish F-35 Pilots and maintainers have already arrived at Luke Air Force base," Pentagon spokesman Col
The United States Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 on Monday putting a question mark over the proposed sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. The NDAA obliges the Secretary of Defense to present a report regarding the potential purchase of the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia by the Turkish government
Turkey will not depend on the US for air defense and use the S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries it plans to acquire from Russia ‘if necessary, Turkish President Erdogan said. “We will not just buy the S-400s and place them in a storehouse
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