There have been no official reactions from NATO at the summit in Brussels regarding Turkey’s S-400 missile defense systems purchase from Russia.
The NATO summit held on 11 and 12 July 2018 focussed majorly on the U.S. and European allies signed a declaration stating they are “committed to improving the balance of sharing the costs and responsibilities of alliance membership.”
A mention of Russia came up during the summit when US President Donlad Trump said, “We’re supposed to protect you against Russia and yet you make this deal with Russia,” while responding to to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“Explain that. It can’t be explained,” Trump said of Germany getting energy from Russia. Trump challenged Stoltenberg to explain why Berlin was getting energy from Russia, and asserted that Germany was “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia” over a pipeline project.
Trump however did not mention Turkey buying the missile defense system from Russia.
Turkey expects to receive the first batches of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems before the end of the next year, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the NATO forum in Brussels on Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Justifying its purchase of S-400, the foreign minister said that the current NATO anti-ballistic system can only cover 30 percent of Turkish airspace, which is why Turkey needs Russian made batteries.
Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400s should no longer be questioned, said Cavusoglu.
“Besides the United States, some other NATO member states have also questioned the purchase, but this must end. We can understand the technical part. For example, it is normal for them to ask whether the S-400 recognizes NATO, NATO systems or allies as an enemy. We are also sensitive to this issue,” he said.
“We have already laid down our conditions in this regard while making the purchase,” he added.
“We have completed the S-400 process. That is a done deal,” he said. “But we need more air defense. We can discuss what we can do for further purchases.”
Turkey will receive deliveries of Teber laser guidance kit for MK-82 and Mk-81 bombs starting this month, Undersecretariat for Defence Industries of Turkey (SSM) said. “Deliveries of the TEBER laser guidance kit, which increases the hit accuracy of MK-82 bombs dropped from our aircrafts, will start this month,” SSM tweeted Wednesday
Turkey has accepted 30 Kirpi II (loosely translates to Hedgehog II) TTA vehicles under the TTA-2 project. The under-secretariat for defense Industries (SSM) has carried out the acceptance of 30 Hedgehog II TTA vehicles under the TTA-2 project, @SavunmaSanayii posted on Twitter Wednesday
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The Azerbaijan Air Force (AAF) has displayed SOM cruise missile purchased from the Turkish firm ROKETSAN. The SOM missile was demonstrated in the 100th anniversary parade of Azerbaijan Army for the first time which makes it clear that Azerbaijan has got SOM-B1 modified version making it the first foreign user of SOM missile,
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
Seven North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allies signed a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells, NATO said in a press statement Wednesday
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