The United States expressed hope that Turkey will change its position on the purchase and commissioning of Russian S-400 air defense systems, US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson said.
“We hope that before launching this defensive system, they will understand the consequences… I hope Turkey is thinking about this, and I hope that they will roll back this decision, which they made by mistake,” the US Ambassador to NATO said during an online briefing.
The S-400 issue is a major concern for the US in relations with Turkey, she added.
Deliveries of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded to abandon the deal and instead purchase American Patriot complexes, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions in accordance with the CAATSA (law “On countering America’s adversaries through sanctions”). Ankara refused to make concessions and continued negotiations on an additional batch of S-400.