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Erdogan hails Russian S-400 delivery, wants to ‘go much further’ and make weapons with Russia

Via RT…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has celebrated the arrival in Turkey of the Russian S-400 air defense system, despite the threat of US sanctions, and stated that he wishes to co-produce weapons with Russia in the future.

Speaking in Ankara on Monday –on the third anniversary of a failed coup attempt against him– Erdogan promised that the newly-acquired S-400 batteries will be fully deployed in less than a year. Russian cargo planes began delivering the system’s components on Friday, with more transport flights arriving over the weekend.

“And as of today, the eighth plane arrived and started being unloaded. Inshallah [God willing], we will be done by April 2020,” Erdogan said. The Turkish leader then said Ankara would “go much further” with a view to setting up “joint production with Russia.”

During the tenure of US President Barack Obama, Turkey had been in negotiations to purchase American-made Patriot missiles, a deal that fell through when Erdogan’s government asked for the sale to include a transfer of technology. Erdogan mentioned the failed Patriot deal in an interview on Sunday, saying that Turkey went with the Russian system because “we need to have alternatives.”

In choosing the Russian alternative, Erdogan risked the ire of Washington. Purchasing the missiles opens Turkey up to sanctions under CAATSA, a 2017 act that, among other things, can be used to penalize US allies for “transactions” with the Russian defense sector. The Turkish leader dismissed the threat of sanctions on Sunday, however, telling reporters that he believed President Donald Trump will “find the middle ground” and waive economic penalties.

The US has also threatened to exclude Turkey from its F-35 jet fighter program, claiming operating it alongside the S-400 would allow Moscow to learn the stealth fighter’s secrets.

Washington has remained tight-lipped about potential retaliation, however government sources reportedly told Bloomberg on Saturday that sanctions will be applied later this week, avoiding the political symbolism of punishing Erdogan on the anniversary of the 2016 coup.

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Olivia Kroth
July 16, 2019

Exiting NATO should be Turkey’s absolute priority number 1!

Daniel Martin
Daniel Martin
July 16, 2019

I would like to add, that turkey could even fine tune the radars of their newly delivered S-400’s against their own F-35’s (that is if they get them?) Then it would be significantly more difficult for a potential regime change operation for a country who operates the same plane to attack turkey. Considering the current sour relations between Washington and Ankara one does not have to be a rocket scientist to realize whom that may be.

Charles Durham
Charles Durham
Reply to  Daniel Martin
July 16, 2019

Yeah. The only way the US can do a coup, realistically speaking, against Erdogan is through economic warfare and by promising rewards for rogue elements within the opposition and army and secret service if they rebel.

Magic Man In the Sky
Magic Man In the Sky
July 18, 2019

So Turkey will now buy Su35s instead of F35s and save a fortune in US Petrodollars. Win/win situation.

Penny Smirlis
July 18, 2019

If this happens, Turkey will become labile to Russia,a since NATO will not he there. Although at first sight this does not look good for Greece and Cyprus, I believe that in the longrun it will be good. I think that Turkey’ s estrangement from NATO willl open the way for its breaking down, something that will also favour Russia

July 19, 2019

Russia; walk this path carefully and mind the quicksand.

July 20, 2019

Uh-oh! The cannon fodder for NATO was going to be Turkey. Now what?

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