The acquisition of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems (s-400) may become a “point of no return” for Turkey. It is reported by Die Welt.
The publication notes that after that the country may remain without the support of Western allies, as Ankara has made a deal, despite the harsh criticism from NATO members.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not refuse to purchase Russian SAMS, as he considers Russia a stronger partner in the Middle East, the publication suggests. In addition, the motive for buying the S-400 could be a desire to protect themselves from the United States, as the Turkish authorities suspect the United States of involvement in the coup attempt in 2016.
Deliveries of S-400 to Turkey began on Friday, July 12. The United States and other NATO countries fear that if Ankara will appear and S-400 and American fighters of the fifth generation F-35, the Russian radar systems will learn to calculate and track these aircraft.
The Turkish side explained to the Pentagon that the decision to buy Russian air defense systems is associated with serious air and missile threats. However, on June 28, the US Senate banned the sale of F-35 to Turkey, and on July 13 additional sanctions were announced, which may come into force at the end of the week.