Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clarified debate Wednesday about Ankara’s deal with Moscow to buy S-400 Triumf air defense systems, saying his government won’t cancel the deal, despite protests from its ally in Washington.

“This is over,” Erdogan said, noting the signatures had already been made on the deal and that the first delivery will be made in July. “We are an independent Turkey, we are not slaves.”

US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who heads US European Command, recommended to the US Congress on Tuesday that if Turkey presses ahead with buying the S-400 systems from Russia, delivery to Turkey of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter should be cancelled.

“If they accept the S-400 and establish it within Turkey, there is an issue […] that has to do with the F-35,” the commander told the Senate Armed Service Committee, Sputnik reported.

“It presents a problem to all of our aircraft, but specifically the F-35. My best military advice would be that we don’t then follow through with the F-35, flying it or working with an ally that’s working with Russian systems, particularly air-defense systems, with what I would say is probably one of most advanced technological capabilities.”

The Turkish president also mused that his government might later consider buying Russia’s top-of-the-line S-500 Prometey (Prometheus) air defense systems at a later date. The S-500 isn’t even fully operational with the Russian Armed Forces yet, but is believed it will be equal in capability to the US Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system once it enters service in 2020.

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He went on to say that the US shouldn’t try to discipline Turkey through trade measures, noting that Turkey has its own measures prepared.

Washington has repeatedly threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if Turkey buys Russia’s S-400s, Sputnik reported.

Erdogan’s Wednesday comments also touched on the US withdrawal from Syria, where Ankara and Washington have found themselves on opposite sides of Turkey’s ongoing conflict with Kurdish militias in the region.

“If US is to take weapons out of Syria, they can, but if they won’t, give them to Turkey, not terrorists,” Erdogan said in a TV interview with broadcaster Kanal 24. Ankara considers Kurdish militias like those that comprise the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces to be terrorist organizations.

As the US timetable for withdrawal from Syria continues, Washington has weighed the question of whether or not to take lent US weapons with them or to leave them in Kurdish hands to continue the fight against Daesh and other forces in the country.

Erdogan said that, while he believes US President Donald Trump has “taken a firm stand” on withdrawing US troops from Syria, he faces pressure from the US state apparatus.

“There’s an established order in the US,” Erdogan said. “We can also call this ‘deep state.’ They block these steps.”

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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The Sultan has not understood that the presence of F-35 and S-400 Triumf in the same country would allow Russian technicians to gather info about the plane’s stealth systems and about ways to counter them. So withholding the F-35 via Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is the logical step to follow.

The Sultan can not do anything against these facts with rhetoric.
Because the US are no slaves that MUST do the Sultan’s bidding either.

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p.s. Turkey can prevent extra costs by buying the bargain SS-400 and the the US can prevent extra costs via technological loss by not selling F-35 to Turkey. Bellicose rhetoric can only acerbate this spat because of divergent interests.

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Hmmm… Israel has been flying F-35 over Syria within range of Russia’s own S-400 radars repeatedly… not much for Russia to gain here. Costs, maybe, but this is just as much about Raytheon and the rest of the US MIC stuffing weapons down other countries’ throats. Turkey is not Saudi Arabia, though.

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@r. f., true but in Turkey the Russians might be able to combine flight data and SS-400 readings and thus gain more info.

And yes. US armed branches high brass is known for a affinity to industry. Where all hope to be recycled to another good career and to plushy chairs when their soldiering is over.

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Who thinks the u.s will carry out its threats on turkey?? Without turkey on side they have to readjust their whole strategy in that area and erdogan knows it.

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Apparently he knows that the US system does not destroy US planes.

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Apparently he knows that the US system does not destroy US planes.

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Saturn yahweh Israeli god is imprisoned in h**l.

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Saturn yahweh Israeli god is imprisoned in h**l.

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Turkish Peasant with a rifle destroy F35