A Turkish official has confirmed that the delivery of the Russian-made S-400 air defense systems is expected to begin this year, Russia’s news agency TASS reported Friday.
While delivering a speech at the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) in Washington this week, Vice President of Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) Celal Sami Tufekci was quoted as saying by TASS that Turkey expects the delivery of S-400s to begin this year. “We tend to say 2019, this year,” Tufekci told TASS.
Tufekci added that the relevant decision has already been made at the supreme level.
During the speech in SETA, Tufekci said Turkey decided to buy Russian-made systems because it was not satisfied by the terms of Washington's proposal to buy US-made Patriot systems.
"What led Turkey to the acquisition of the S-400 was the policy put forward by the US. During the negotiations price was an issue, production location was an issue and technology transfer was an issue," he said.
According to the official, it took US too long to finalize details of its proposal, which was received by Turkey only last month.
In a Thursday report by Turkish News daily, Yeni Safak reported that the US will not supply Patriot missile systems to Ankara. Other local media sources reported that if Turkey goes ahead with S-400 buy, the US is likely to stop F-35 deliveries to Turkey.
The report also said that Ankara’s S-400 deal with Russia cost significantly less than the offer Washington put forward, coming at only a third of the price tag. The US had previously attempted to pressure Turkey by blocking the delivery of jointly-developed F-35 jets to Ankara, a precondition that was later dropped by Washington.
The United States will not supply Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems and F-35 fighter jets to Turkey if Ankara sticks to buying Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Turkish media reported Thursday. In December last year, the US State Department issued a notice of sale of Patriot Missile System to Turkey worth $3
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 will be sending a technical team in the coming weeks to Turkey to explain the risk to F-35 fighter jets from S-400 air defense systems. The US has been long urging Turkey to cancel its plans to purchase Russian-made S-400 anti-ballistic missile system citing concerns over flight safety of the F-35 aircraft
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
In a sign that Turkey and the United States have kissed and made up, the US state department has approved a sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced (GEM-T) missiles and 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles for $3.5 billion
Swedish Defense Research Agency, FOI in its recent report states that the range of the Russian S-400 Triumf air defence system and its capability to counter counter-measures is overrated. According to the report, “Bursting the Bubble? Russia´s A2AD-Capabilities in the Baltic Sea Region”, published on Monday, FOI states that the actual range of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system, which is promoted as having a range of 400 kilometres, is actually 150-200 kilometres, the
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