US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened Turkey’s future role in the NATO alliance, warning it against “reckless decisions,” like pressing ahead with the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.

Turkey must choose. Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance in history or does it want to risk the security of that partnership by making such reckless decisions that undermine our @NATO alliance?,”Pence tweeted on Wednesday, after making similar remarks at a NATO summit in Washington.

Turkey has insisted on purchasing the Russian weapons system, despite repeated warnings from the US. Even after the Pentagon halted deliveries of the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet and related equipment to Turkey, Ankara remained defiant, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu telling the NATO summit that the purchase was “a done deal.”

Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are currently meeting head-to-head at the summit to discuss the F-35 dispute.

The Turkish FM said that operating the two weapons systems at once “will not be a threat” to the F-35 or other NATO systems.

US lawmakers and military officials have consistently warned that Turkey’s deployment of the S-400 would give the Russian system opportunity to learn how to track and spot the F-35, with potentially deadly consequences for the jet in future conflicts.

Turkey is set to receive its first S-400 batteries this July. The US has thus far failed to lure its NATO ally away from the Russian system and to Raytheon’s more expensive Patriot missile system, despite offering it to Ankara at a knock-down rate earlier this year.

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Turkey has also been a vital partner in the F-35 program, which is US’ most expensive military project to date. If both sides cannot reach a deal, the US will need to find new suppliers for parts of the fighter’s fuselage, landing gear, and cockpit displays.

 

 

Source: RT

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NATO is no one state armament sales shop owned by the US.

NATO Secretary General is Jens Stoltenberg and not US Vice President Mike Pence.

p.s. The Sultanate of Turkey should be excluded as a non democratic system and not for buying the national areal defense systems and the aeroplanes by two different nations.

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Stern : Don’t you remember I said I was told by my buddy at the SHAPE that dumping Turkey was on the table, and it was several years ago.

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The S-400 narrative is BS, it’s just an excuse to flush the toilets while looking like the Sultan pushed the button.

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Now the funnier thing that may happen : Israel entering NATO. I let you imagine the faces of Haniyieh Nasrallah or Khamenei.

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1st rocket from Hezbotox or IRGC falling into Israeli territory, 1st attack on an embassy, Israel invokes Chapter 5…

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They could even use Hague convention = Hamas being Turkey+Iran+Qatar proxy, shazam, balkanisation of Turkey…

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Regime change in Qatar, Desert Storm on Iran…

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Freeing of N-Cyprus and Constantinople and I’d feel positive about cutting Anatolia in 2, then 3/4 of it to the Kurds…

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with sea access, and 1/4 to Armenia w. sea acces, and giving Antioch back to Syria. Sèvres treaty v2.0…

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NB : I dunno if Trump wants Israel into NATO but it’s highly possible with him and enough provocative to have him liking the idea.

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They’re already often participating NATO drills moreover.

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It’d really ruin the #PALLYWOOD propaganda and NATO is not the kind to take gloves like Tsahal does. IMHO, it’s part of the…

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Trump peace plan. It’s not the carrot and the stick, it’s the sledgehammer instead of the stick 😉 I may be wrong…

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but I see it coming for a while and it’d make perfect sense with the move of US embassy, the recognition of Golan and other factors.

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Another point : Turkey vetoed Cyprus entry into NATO and they’d surely veto Israeli entry.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, ha ha, but the Sultanate missed Cyprus entry into the EU treaty Which has the same defense statutes as NATO.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, makes sense since the Sultan is unreliable, Israel is a democracy and has a better military.

Disadvantage. Israel brings in the Golan as illegal territory. UNSC res. 242 is “Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”. And Israel also has some unfinished wars.

But after peace with Syria in exchange for the Golan IMHO no problem.

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D’ya remember what said about my buddy at the SHAPE?

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Rah, AMN censorship system is going bananas!

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@Daeshbags-Sux, get your account activated again, mon ami.

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Now, when it comes to Erdogan, there were clear signals from many EU countries and for long, and we both know that the real NATO HQ is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

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For the state armament sales shop owned by the US, we’ve seen it in action again with Belgium not so long ago. And they announced they had to reduce

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their flight hours by 30% and to pool air-police with the Dutch since they can’t afford going on with own budget, thx to F-35…

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Having LockMart installing a deep fryer onboard really made the price skyrocket.comment image

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@Daeshbags-Sux, the US at least thinks NATO HQ address is is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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This is the real reason. Turkey will see that the f35 is easily detectable by the s400 and NATO members may not want to buy that jet. This is about paying off the huge 1.5 trillion program cost, it’s not even about war capabilities. If its abilities can be countered so easily by simply being studied, then it’s not really a great jet.