Ankara will begin the deployment of complexes within two to three months.
Washington and Ankara during the consultations held this week could not overcome the differences that relate to the acquisition by Turkey of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
According to officials, the US and Turkey were unable to break the deadlock over Ankara’s plans to deploy Russian air defense systems this summer, which, according to the Pentagon, could pose a threat to US fighters in the region.
The publication contains the words of the official representative of President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin. He expressed the hope that the American side will not impose sanctions against Ankara in connection with the purchase of S-400. “Sanctions will be counterproductive and will lead to negative consequences,” he said. “Everyone should understand that Turkey has a legitimate concern about security,” Kalyn added.
The publication notes that Turkey is likely to begin deployment of the S-400 in the next two or three months. As stated in the material, “this leaves little time to resolve the controversial issue.”
Kalyn noted that Ankara does not exclude the possibility of purchasing the American Patriot air defense system. He stressed that these systems would not replace the S-400. “It would be interesting to check which ones are better”, – his words are given in the material. Kalyn expressed confidence that “S-400 will go to Turkey.”