Turkey may order another set of S-400 air defence systems from Russia if the United States refuses to supply Patriot air defense system to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV channel on Wednesday.
"If the US does not want to sell Patriot to us, tomorrow we may buy another S-400 system and we also can purchase other air defense systems," Cavusoglu said adding that a proposal made to the US on setting up a technical working group to iron out differences over the S-400 had not received any response, he noted.
Earlier, Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon told TASS that that the US Department of Defense was not considering plans on creating such a group with Turkey.
Cavusoglu said also said that Ankara was capable of approaching any other country in the world with an offer if the US refused to supply the newest fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets to the republic.
"If we can’t have the F-35 jets, we will be forced to satisfy our fighter jets need somewhere else," he emphasized.
The US announced last week a freeze on parts supply to Turkey where certain components of F-35 are manufactured. The US also said it would undertake the parts manufacture from other locations.
Rate of production of F-35 fighters will be slowed down if the United States (US) drops its NATO-ally Turkey from the F-35 programme, Vice Admiral Mathias Winter told Congress Thursday. “The evaluation of stopping Turkey would be between 50- and 75-airplane impact over a two-year period,” Winter said
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The United States wants Turkey to remain in the F-35 fighter jet program and purchase the Patriot missile defense system, acting US Defense Secretary
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
Russia may offer its latest aircraft such as the Su-35 and the Su-57 stealth jets if Turkey seeks an alternative in the event of the United States cancelling the sale of F-35 fighters to Ankara. Alexander Mikheev, head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said on April 24 that Russia is ready to discuss the possibility, according to Interfax news agency
NATO has positively approached Turkey's proposal to form a joint working group to ease concerns over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Friday. “We still haven't heard back from the US but NATO has approached our proposal positively,"
Turkey can produce components for the Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Russia's Presidential spokesperson said Thursday. "We are not talking about the complete production chain, as it is a new type of weapon
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