Turkey says buying Russian defense system should not trigger U.S. sanctions

F-35 aircraft at the ILA Air Show in Berlin Germany

Turkey says buying Russian defense system should not trigger U.S. sanctions

"We believe that all disagreements can and should be resolved".

In March, the Turkish pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper wrote that the first S-400 station point in Turkey would be an Air Force Base near Ankara, citing military sources.

"Turkey is clearly not an adversary of the United States", Akar said, adding that its procurement of the S-400 system should not therefore be considered within the scope of USA sanctions created to target America's enemies. "There was a very positive, constructive conversation". However, as in the case of the S-400, Turkey may be interested not only in aircrafts, but also in their manufacturing technologies, which can accelerate the development of the aircraft industry of the Turkish military-industrial complex (MIC). A bipartisan group of senators, writing in The New York Times last week, warned Erdogan that unless he canceled the S-400 purchase, "sanctions will be imposed as required by United States law under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act".

"I think the Turks" thesis has been that Trump will bail them out", Makovsky continued. Ankara is proceeding on the assumption that it will receive F-35s and use them alongside the S-400, he added.

Likewise, Kalın said, Turkey expects the Trump administration to extend an existing sanctions waiver that is set to expire at the end of May to allow Turkey to continue importing Iranian oil. "If it comes to that, that is, the sanctions proposed to be implemented by the Congress, of course we will expect President Trump to use his power for a waiver on that issue", he told reporters in a briefing today.

Turkey has floated various proposals to try to resolve the standoff, so far to little avail from the Pentagon or State Department.

Tensions between the US 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 system that Washington said will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet program and which could trigger congressional sanctions.

"This system will not be integrated neither with NATO's systems nor with any other somehow connected to NATO's national [military] systems", the minister said during an annual US-Turkey conference in Washington.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has refused to back down from Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system the United States has said would compromise the security of F-35 aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin Corp.

"And our proposal to establish this technical committee under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation umbrella is still on the table". The US is actively trying to cripple Turkey's attempts to purchase Russia's S-400 systems. "We do not want the F-35 jeopardized by any Russian technology".

As noted by the commentators from Russian Federation, it should be taken into account that this is not just a matter of tactical technical characteristics for Turkey, but also a question of military-political subjectivity, as Turkey wants to position itself as a player who decides on its own by whom and in what quantities it will buy.

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