Turkey should by the end of the first week of June to abandon the purchase of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 and to buy the American missile defense system Patriot, reports CNBC, citing sources. Otherwise, Ankara risks receiving penalties, as well as losing the promised f-35 aircraft. According to sources, this is “the last proposal of the US State Department.”
“NATO countries need to buy military equipment that is compatible with NATO systems. The Russian system will not meet this standard,— said the interviewer of the TV company, who wished to remain unnamed.— We emphasize that Turkey will face very real and negative consequences if it completes the delivery of the S-400.”
The contract for the supply of four S-400 systems to Turkey in the amount of about $2.5 billion was signed in July 2017. Deliveries were expected in March 2020, but later Ankara and Moscow agreed to speed up the process. The first S-400 complex will be sent to Turkey in July 2019. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Moscow and Ankara will be able to further launch joint production of the S-500 air defense system. At the same time, the politician expressed confidence that sooner or later Washington would agree to send the F-35 to Turkey, despite Ankara’s purchase of the S-400.