Ankara: Russia and Turkey are at the final stage of talks on the delivery of the S-400 missile defense system to Ankara. Turkey’s intention to buy an advanced missile defense system from a non-NATO country has sparked serious concerns in the United States.
According to reports in Turkish media, Washington would use any possible means to pressure Ankara and impede the possible deal. The US recently signaled that Turkey buying the S-400 from Russia would become a major concern.
“Turkey has not completed a deal with Russia yet. If they would, it would be concerning,” Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Sunday in an interview with the NBC TV station.
Responding to the remark, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that the concerns of Washington politicians are unreasonable.
The Turkish president added that negotiations on the missile system have “largely” been completed. Earlier, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the possible deal between Russia and Turkey raises questions about the technical and operational compatibility of the S-400 with NATO’s standards and Ankara would have to explain for itself the choice of the Russian-made weapon.
According to Loğoğlu, Washington is “pressuring” Ankara over the possible S-400 deal with Russia. The Russia-Turkey talks on the delivery of S-400 systems have taken place since 2016.
In March, Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Russia’s Rostec Corporation, said Ankara was ready to buy the systems with a loan granted by Moscow. On July 18, Chemezov said technical issues of the contract for the supply of the S-400 systems to Turkey had been resolved, with only administrative ones remaining.
The S-400 Triumph is a next-generation mobile surface-to-air missile system that can carry three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. It is designed to track and destroy various types of aerial targets, from reconnaissance aircraft to ballistic missiles.