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Ankara is just a few formalities away from receiving a second batch of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems, Turkey’s top official in charge of the military industry said, adding that the first batch have been commissioned.
The US was willing to give Turkey intelligence regarding Syria’s Idlib, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has claimed, adding that the purchase of Russian anti-air systems won’t prevent Ankara from acquiring Patriot missiles.
The US is unlikely to provide any Patriot missiles for its NATO ally, the Turkish President has acknowledged, less than a week after media reports suggested Ankara make another request for the air defense systems.
Russia has kicked off production for a batch of S-400 missile defense systems with India’s name on them, bringing a deal reached in 2018 one step closer to fruition despite fevered protests – as well as threats – from Washington.
India’s decision to buy Russia's S-400 missile defense system could spark an arms race, Pakistan has claimed, urging its regional rival to ditch it for the sake of “stability” the same day it tested a new nuclear-capable missile.
The US State Department has issued a not-so-thinly veiled warning to New Delhi, urging Indian officials to reconsider purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems or face the wrath of American sanctions.
Ankara will make no U-turn on purchasing the much talked about S-400s from Russia, as these air defense systems are vital for protecting Turkish airspace, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu explained.
The anti-aircraft regiment of Russia’s Northern Fleet will be equipped with state-of-the-art S-400 air defense systems in the next few years to create an anti-missile dome able to thwart any enemy incursion, the Russian Navy said.
Turkey turned to the Russian-made S-400s as it didn’t succeed in getting air-defense systems from its closest NATO allies including the US, France and Italy, its foreign minister explained.