The Turkish Foreign Minister: The purchase of s-400 will not affect relations with NATO

This issue rather concerns bilateral relations between Ankara and Washington, Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

ANKARA – The situation around Ankara’s acquisition of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems (S-400) does not affect Turkey’s relations with NATO. On Tuesday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Mevlut Cavusoglu said in Thailand in an interview with journalists. The Turkish Foreign Ministry distributed the video.

“We have no problems with NATO; you can look at the statements of the Secretary-General and his Deputy on the S-400 and other topics. Turkey is among the top five countries that make a significant contribution to NATO. So [the theme of that Turkey and NATO have problems] was not raised at NATO summits. This issue rather concerns bilateral relations between Turkey and the United States,” the Foreign Minister said.

Cavusoglu is visiting Thailand for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Earlier, the Turkish Minister met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, they discussed bilateral relations and regional issues.

In September 2017, Russia announced a contract with Turkey for the supply of S-400; its cost is $2.5 billion. Ankara will receive a regimental set (two divisions). The contract implies a partial transfer of production technologies to the Turkish side. The first deliveries began on July 12.

Against the acquisition of Turkey-400 actively support the US and NATO. On July 17, a spokesman for the White House in a written statement said that Turkey’s decision to acquire the Russian s-400 makes it impossible for it to continue its participation in the program of creation of American fighter-bombers of the fifth generation F-35.