Washington previously excluded Ankara from the American F-35 production program.
The United States must accept the fact that Turkey’s acquisition of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMS) from Russia is a completed matter. This was stated on Tuesday by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in an interview with NTV.
“The United States should accept that this [the acquisition of the S-400 from Russia] is a completed deal,” the minister stressed, answering a journalist’s question about the crisis in relations between Ankara and Washington over the S-400.
In 2017, Russia and Turkey signed a contract for Moscow to supply S-400 complexes to Ankara. Turkey was the first of the NATO countries to acquire these systems from the Russian Federation. Ankara’s decision caused a sharply negative reaction from Washington and the alliance as a whole. The United States does not stop trying to get Turkey to abandon the Russian air defense systems. Washington previously excluded Ankara from the American F-35 production program. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last October that Ankara does not intend to abandon the S-400, despite pressure from Washington. He also rejected the threats of sanctions and suggested that the United States try to introduce them in reality.