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.S. Ambassador Kaidanow, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, told reporters that a delegation of US government officials at the on-going Farnborough Airshow were holding meetings with allies in the hopes of bolstering US defense trade, Reuters reports Monday.
She said the US State Department was in talks with Turkey and "trying to give the Turks an understanding of what we can do with respect to Patriot".
On December 2, 2017 Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement on the sale of the S-400s to Ankara. Reacting to the deal, the US threatened with anti-Turkey sanctions, as it believes that the Russia-made weapon is incompatible with NATO’s defenses.
"Ultimately we are concerned that by purchasing these systems from the Russians it will be supportive of some of the least good behavior that we have seen from them (Russia) in various places including Europe but also elsewhere," Kaidanow she said further.
Kaidanow added that Washington wanted to ensure that systems acquired by US allies "remain supportive of the strategic relationship between us and our allies, in the case of Turkey that is Patriots".
Ankara’s ties with its Western allies in NATO have been strained over a range of issues. Washington and NATO officials strive to prevent the sophisticated Russian-built anti-aircraft weapon system from collecting information about the US-made all-weather stealth multirole warplanes, technically known as the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters, just as they are gaining a foothold in Europe.
Before gravitating towards Russia, the Turkish military reportedly walked out of a $3.4-billion contract for a similar Chinese system. The withdrawal took place under purported pressure from Washington.
There have been no official reactions from NATO at the summit in Brussels regarding Turkeys S-400 missile defense systems purchase from Russia. The NATO summit held on 11 and 12 July 2018 focussed majorly on the U
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
The United States efforts to dissuade its allies and partners from buying large defense systems from Russia using the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanction Act (CAATSA) seems to be running into a brick wall with India, Turkey and Saudi Arabia likely to go ahead with S-400 missile defense systems purchase from Moscow. The CAATSA requires that the countries that have significant defense cooperation with Russia can be sanctioned by the US for no fault of theirs except that they have entered into a commercial buyer-seller agreement with a Russian defence industry entity
Turkey has vowed to retaliate if the United States sanctions Russian S-400 missile purchase, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a diplomatic meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington early this week. "If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate," Cavusoglu said Sunday
A senior State Department official has warned that Turkeys purchase of Russian S-400 missiles could reflect negatively on several U.S
The United States will begin a high pressure lobbying and arm-twisting effort to force Turkey to abandon the S-400 missile defence system deal with Russia and buy US-made Patriots instead. Acting assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs Tina Kaidanow is expected to travel to Turkey next week to swing Ankara's decision in favor of the US Patriot missile defence system, Turkey's
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The United States National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 bill released Monday has prohibited the delivery of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the delivery of a report, which would include an assessment of changes in Ankaras participation in the F-35 program. The assessment also includes potential elimination of participation of Turkey in the F-35 program
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