I am considering purchasing more Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed in an interview with US CBS News. Such a purchase is strongly opposed by the United States and NATO countries.
In an interview on Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey was forced to acquire the Russian S-400 system because it did not receive the US Patriot system it had been soliciting for. – I explained everything to the president [Stanów Zjednoczonych, Joe – przyp. red.] To Biden, announced the President of Turkey.
Erdogan also said the US has still not delivered F-35 multi-role aircraft to Turkey, despite receiving payments of $ 1.4 billion.
“The US strongly opposes the use of Russian missile defense systems by Turkey, which is a NATO member, and insists that this poses a threat to the F-35. Ankara maintains that the S-400s can be used independently without integration with NATO systems, and therefore they do not pose a threat “- reminded the Qatari TV Al Jazeera on Sunday.
Erdogan “disappointed” after talking to Biden
Washington’s The Hill, which cited excerpts from the Turkish leader’s interview for CBS News, wrote that Ankara has had ample opportunities over the past decade to buy Patriot systems from the US and that the White House has long denied that the United States prevented Turkey from acquiring it. system.
Erdogan said Friday that his recent talks with Biden had been “disappointing” and that his country would seek closer ties with Russia.
Meeting with Putin
Erdogan is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 29 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Turkish leader announced that he would try to strengthen relations with Moscow during the meeting.
Relations between the US and Turkey have been strained for several years, and two years ago it worsened even more when Ankara bought the Russian S-400 system. This purchase led to the suspension of the sale of F-35 fighters to Turkey and to the imposition of sanctions by the US on top officials in the Turkish defense industry.
The Russian TASS agency recalled that Russia and Turkey signed a contract for the supply of anti-missile defense systems in 2017. Turkey was the first NATO country to acquire these weapons from Russia. The contract, estimated at $ 2.5 billion, included the purchase of four S-400 squadrons.
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