Turkey’s president has stated he would take into account shopping for a second Russian missile system in defiance of robust objections by america.
Talking to correspondent Margaret Brennan in New York this previous week, Erdogan defined that Turkey wasn’t given the choice to purchase American-made Patriot missiles and the U.S. hadn’t delivered F-35 stealth jets regardless of a fee of $1.4 billion. Erdogan’s feedback got here in excerpts launched prematurely of the total interview being broadcast Sunday.
NATO member Turkey was kicked out of the F-35 program and protection officers have been sanctioned after it purchased the Russian-made S-400 missile protection system. The U.S. strongly objects to the usage of Russian techniques inside NATO and says it poses a menace to the F-35s. Turkey maintains the S-400s might be used independently with out being built-in into NATO techniques and due to this fact pose no danger.
The U.S. additionally sanctioned Turkey in 2020 for its buy beneath a 2017 legislation aimed toward pushing again Russian affect. The transfer was the primary time that the legislation, referred to as CAATSA, was used to penalize a U.S. ally.
However Erdogan has remained defiant. “After all, in fact, sure,” Erdogan stated after stating Turkey would make its personal protection decisions, in response to Brennan’s query on whether or not Turkey would purchase extra S-400s.
The problem is considered one of a number of sticking factors in Turkish-American relations that additionally embrace U.S. help for Syrian Kurdish fighters who Turkey considers terrorists, and the continued U.S. residency of a Muslim cleric accused of plotting the failed coup try in opposition to Erdogan’s authorities in 2016.
Erdogan is scheduled to satisfy Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 29.