Washington continues to warn Turkey about the negative consequences of buying the S-400 from the Russian Federation; this is contrary to Ankara’s obligations as a member of NATO, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
“The Russian S-400s are incompatible with NATO equipment, threaten the security of NATO technologies, and do not meet Turkey’s own obligations as a NATO member. We have warned and continue to warn Turkey not to accept this system,” Price said at a briefing.
According to him, Turkey is an important member of NATO, so the country itself must understand the discrepancy between the possession of the S-400 and the obligations within the alliance.
“Biden will have the opportunity to see his Turkish counterpart,” Price recalled of the US president’s upcoming European events, without giving details.
Russia and Turkey signed a contract for a regimental set of S-400s in 2017, and deliveries of air defense systems to the Turkish side were made in the summer and autumn of 2019. The deal caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States-Washington demanded to purchase American Patriot systems in return, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions in accordance with CAATSA (the law “On Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions”).
Ankara is not going to abandon the S-400. Moreover, at the end of April, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Turkish side continues negotiations with Russia on the purchase of the second regiment of S-400.