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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.
The decision to purchase Russian S-400 systems was based solely on the merit of the military hardware, India’s foreign minister has said, stressing that national security will never be undermined by objections from foreign states.