“The position of the Secretary of State (US Defense, Mark Esper) has been practically clear since he became Minister (in summer 2019 – editor’s note). It is that Turkey will only receive the Patriot batteries when it returns the S-400 (to Russia), “said Hoffman at a briefing.
The discussion of the possibility of Delivery of Patriot anti-aircraft systems to Turkey was resumed in the worsening situation in the Syrian province of Idlib, where clashes between the Turkish and Syrian military had occurred.
On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a weakening of the U.S. position regarding the purchase of Russian-made ones S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems through Turkey. According to him, the US only demands that the S-400 not be put into operation.
Deliveries of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused a crisis in Turkey-US relations, began in mid-July 2019. Washington requested one Decline the deal and in return the acquisition of American patriot systems and threatened the Delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as sanctions under CAATSA (the law “Against America’s Opponents through Sanctions”). Ankara refused to make concessions. As Erdogan previously explained, Turkey plans to complete the installation of the S-400 and it to go into service in April.
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