The Presidents of the United States and Turkey, Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, could not agree on the issue of the Russian S-400 “Triumph” anti-aircraft missile systems, said the adviser to the American leader on national security, Jake Sullivan, during a briefing.
“As for the S-400, the leaders discussed this issue. They failed to solve it, and they agreed to continue the dialogue on Russian complexes,” Free News quoted him as saying.
Earlier, Erdogan himself said that in a conversation with Biden, he called on the United States “not to wait for other steps regarding the S-400 or F-35 fighters.”
Disagreements in Ankara’s relations with Washington over the supply of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems to Turkey began in mid-July 2019. The American side demanded to abandon the deal and offered to purchase American Patriot systems in return, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions. Ankara refused to make concessions.
In mid-January 2021, the head of the Turkish Defense Ministry, Hulusi Akar, confirmed that the country continues negotiations with Russia on the supply of the second regiment of S-400 air defense systems. Then Recep Erdogan himself shared the details of the situation with the purchase of weapons.
Later, the US Ambassador to Ankara, David Satterfield, warned the republic against buying a new batch of S-400 systems, saying that this decision “will lead to serious consequences and will cause more effective steps.”