Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turn down to ditch the agreement struck with Moscow over the purchasing of S-400 air support systems. Washington told Turkey in September 2018 the precondition for buying American-made Jingoist air defence systems was refusing to buy Moscow’s S400s. But in a clear snub to the US, Turkey confirmed the deal has been finalised.
Ankara’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu intended during a televised interview: “The S-400 deal has already been finalised.
“We can allow with the US on the Patriot system, but not if there will be a condition to abandon the S-400s.”
Mr Cavusoglu augmented that Ankara had received the proposal from the US to buy its weapons and would observe the terms.
But warned Washington against attempting to meddle in Ankara’s relationship with Moscow.
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Mr Erdogan had already been adamant on Turkey’s position over the American conditions after it has been issued.
Speaking at the Turkey-Kyrgyzstan Business Forum in the Kyrgyz money Bishkek, the Turkish president said: “We have made S-400 engage in with Russia.
“Someone is offended by it. We don’t need permission from anybody.”
The then-US Justification Secretary James Mattis warned Ankara this agreement, merit £1.9m ($2.5m) was a cause of worry for Washington, with Turkey being a NATO fellow.
He said: “Turkey had a choice to make, a sovereign decision to make.
“But incontestably Turkey bringing a Russian anti-aircraft, anti-missile system into a NATO surroundings, we cannot integrate that into NATO.
“Yes, it does concern us and we do not mention favourably that.”
It is unlikely the deal between the US and Turkey will go through after the advantage of the Russian S-400s also because this missile system can’t operate together with the Jingoist system, according to experts.
Turkey, which hopes to buy from Washington F-35 jets, could see the US withdrawing that deal as well, as these aircrafts don’t work along with the S-400, signified Tim Ash, a senior emerging markets strategist at Bluebay Asset Management.
He clarified: “Turkey cannot buy both. I think the U.S. will pull both the Flag-waver sale and F-35 deal if Turkey goes along with the S-400.
“Net-net, I entertain the idea the news about Patriot is still a positive, as it shows the US and Turkey are talking and in motion back closer together.
“That said, the Turks might be fatiguing to drive too hard a bargain, and might end up with nothing as a result.”