Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Turkey already bought Russian S-400 systems - Erdogan

Turkey already bought Russian S-400 systems - Erdogan

Turkish staff is already undergoing training in operating the S-400 systems which are scheduled to begin being delivered this summer.

Akar, cited by his ministry in a statement, said Ankara was working on a response to the letter and that it would be sent to the United States in the coming days.

Taking note of Washington's concerns, Turkey has proposed measures to investigate whether or not the purchase of the Russian missile systems would actually pose a danger to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation produced F-35s, including a joint working group with the United States to study the issue.

Tensions between the USA and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile defense system which Washington said will jeopardize Turkey's role in the U.S. F-35 fighter jet program and could trigger congressional sanctions.

Washington and its allies consider the missile system to be incompatible with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems and a threat to the F-35 fighter jets.

Washington has suggested that Ankara instead purchase the US -made Patriot air-defense system.

Speaking at a press conference in Ankara following a cabinet meeting, Kalin said he hoped the Pentagon would abandon its current attitude toward Turkey, which he said could permanently damage ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.


He noted that Turkey was also a manufacturing partner in the programme.

Erdogan, in a June 12 television address, vowed to seek answers from Washington on his country's "exclusion from F-35 project for reasons that have no rational or legitimate basis".

Ankara had paid $1 billion 250 million for the F-35 jets until today, the president underlined.

"Did we ask for such a defence system from America?"

Erdogan, who is to meet Trump on the margins of G20 summit in Japan on June 28-29, said in a televised speech that before the gathering he "would like to discuss this issue by telephone and reverse it from the current situation back to where we started".

They did not say how long the ceasefire would last.

The US has also threatened to hit Turkey with sanctions if it goes ahead with the deal.

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