Delivery of Russian S-400s to start in June: Turkish official

Delivery of Russian S-400s to start in June: Turkish official

Delivery of Russian S-400s to start in June: Turkish official

Lawmakers are moving forward to ban the transfer of the F-35 to Turkey and bar future sales until the U.S.is satisfied it will not accept any S-400 systems from Russian Federation.

"Certain Russian weapon systems are seen as inherently threatening to the United States regardless of who is operating them and for what goal", Andrew Hunter, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said.

U.S. officials told their Turkish counterparts they will not receive further shipments of F-35 related equipment needed to prepare for the arrival of the stealthy jet, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Monday. In Washington, Cavusoglu proposed to establish "a technical team or a joint working group" to find a way for Turkey to operate the S-400, without endangering North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aircraft.

Illustrative: In this photo from September 2, 2015, an F-35 jet arrives at its new operational base at Hill Air Force Base, in northern Utah.

Mr Pompeo also spoke of the challenges faced by Turkey after it purchased a Russian air defence system before demanding Germany and other allies increase their defence spending.

Turkey did clarify on Thursday what it found objectionable in the State Department read-out: the section on Syria, in which the USA appeared to threaten Turkey with military action.

"Turkey must choose - does it want to remain a critical partner of the most successful military alliance in the history of the world, or does it want to risk the security of that partnership by making reckless decisions that undermine our alliance?"

The Russian S-400 missile defense system during a Victory Day military parade in Moscow’s Red Square
The Russian S-400 missile defense system during a Victory Day military parade in Moscow’s Red Square

The United States had anticipated that the first jets sold to Turkey would be transferred as early as this summer, but the Pentagon halted the delivery of F-35 equipment to the country earlier this week in response to the pending S-400 purchase. This week, Washington announced it was halting deliveries of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey until Ankara walked back on its deal with Moscow.

"All NATO allies made a pledge to invest more in defense to improve burden-sharing in our alliance, and I expect all allies, including Germany, of course, to make good on the pledge we made together", the NATO secretary general said.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the NATO Ministerial. -Turkish committee of technical experts should examine the American claim that Turkey's possession of the missile defense system would compromise the new technology in the F-35.

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay delivered a strong reaction to Pence's remark.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Moscow on Monday to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The United States has done all of that and more - well more than our fair share.

"Turkey was on board the F-35 program from day one", says Loren Thompson, CEO of the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank that receives some of its funding from F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Related news



[an error occurred while processing the directive]